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It's Primary Day. Here's What's Going On

By Jeff Mays | September 10, 2015 12:08pm
 It's Primary Day in New York City. Polls close at 9 p.m. tonight.
It's Primary Day in New York City. Polls close at 9 p.m. tonight.
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NEW YORK CITY—It's Primary Day in New York City.

While there is only one major race for a vacated council seat in Queens, voters will get to choose their party's nominees for leadership positions such as district leader and judicial nominees.


There are multiple candidates vying to fill the 23rd district council seat vacated by former Councilman Mark Weprin when he took a position as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's deputy secretary for legislative affairs.

The district is one of the most ethnically diverse in the city and includes the neighborhoods of Hollis, Bayside, Little Neck and Queens Village, among others.

Six Democrats, Rebecca Lynch, Ali Najmi, Bob Friedrich, Satnam Parhar, Barry Grodenchik and Celia Devi Dosamantes, are running to replace Weprin.

Lynch is a former assistant commissioner of community affairs in the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio while Najmi served as Weprin's former legislative director.

Friedrich is a small business owner and president of the Glen Oaks Village co-ops and Parhar lists his occupation as a developer and construction manager.

Grodenchik is a former state Assemblyman who works as the director of community boards for Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. Dosamantes did not have a profile with the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

Najmi snagged an endorsement from the New York Times, while Lynch was endorsed by the Daily News, various labor unions and the Working Families Party.

Grodenchik has endorsements from Weprin, the Queens Democratic Party and labor unions. Friedrich was endorsed by the Queens Tribune.

Check here for a list of all candidates. To find your polling place visit the Board of Elections site.

Polls close at 9 p.m. tonight.