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2021 Broome County elections and ballot referendums

Races and Candidates in Broome County 

New York State Supreme Court Justice

  • "...generally hears cases outside the authority of the lower courts such as civil matters beyond the monetary limits of the lower courts’ jurisdiction, divorce, separation and annulment proceedings, and criminal prosecutions of felonies." (The New York State Courts: An Introductory Guide). Sits below New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. The 6th District of the New York State Supreme Court serves 10 counties (Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Otsego, Schuyler and Tompkins).
  • Length: 14-year term
  • Candidates: 3 candidates are on the ballot for 3 open positions. Voters can cast their vote for 3 candidates total.

Broome County Family Court Judge

  • Makes decisions on issues including adoption, custody, visitation, paternity, child support, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and juvenile delinquency.
  • Length: 10-year term
  • Candidates (voters can cast their vote for two candidates):

Broome County Clerk: 

  • Manges records for the County, including business, court and property records. Oversees the Department of Motor Vehicles and can issue travel documents.
  • Length: 4-year term
  • Candidates:

City of Binghamton Mayor

  • Serves as chief executive of the city. The mayor works with the city council to set the city budget, make decisions on how money is allocated to various programs, implement economic development programs, oversee the police force and public works, and more.  
  • Length: 4-year term
  • Candidates:

Vestal Justice:

  • Jurisdiction over cases including small claims court, evictions, traffic infractions and preliminary hearings for felonies.
  • Length: 4-year term
  • Candidates:
    • Michael D. Sherwood (D, Wor.)

Vestal Town Council: 

  • The legislative body for the town. Establishes policies and programs for effective delivery of town services. Approves the annual budget and proposes and passes ordinances.
  • Length: 4-year term
  • Candidates (voters can cast their vote for two candidates):

Vestal Superintendent of Highways

  • Responsible for maintaining the town roads, including snow removal, paving, tree clearing, signage and more.
  • Length: 4-year term
  • Candidates:
    • Craig Hiller (R, Con.)

Village of Johnson City Mayor:

  • Works with the Village Board to set the village budget, manage finances and implement programs and services.
  • Length: 4-year term
  • Candidates:
    • Martin P. Meaney (R, Con.)

Village of Johnson City Trustee:

  • Serves as a member of the Village Board and works with the mayor to oversee budget and government services.
  • Length: 2-year term
  • Candidates (voters can cast their vote for two candidates):

Note: Candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot. Candidate websites are included when available. 

Village of Johnson City Trustee (unexpired term):

  • Serves as a member of the Village Board and works with the mayor to oversee budget and government services.
  • Length: 2-year term
  • Candidates:
    • Adam H. Brown (R, Con.)

Statewide Ballot Proposals

Five proposals will be on the ballot for New York voters. Voters will select “yes” or “no” to indicate their support for or against the proposal. You can find more detailed information on each proposal at: online.

Amending the Apportionment and Redistricting Process

This proposed constitutional amendment would freeze the number of state senators at 63, amend the process for the counting of the state’s population, delete certain provisions that violate the United States Constitution, repeal and amend certain requirements for the appointment of the co-executive directors of the redistricting commission and amend the manner of drawing district lines for congressional and state legislative offices.

What would this proposal do?

This proposal would make a number of changes to New York’s redistricting process, including:

  • Require the state to count all residents for redistricting, including non-citizens, if the federal census fails to include them.
  • Count incarcerated people at their place of last residence rather than their place of incarceration.
  • Allow the legislature to pass maps with only a 60% majority vote, as opposed to a two-thirds majority under current law, even when one party is in control of the state legislature.
  • Require the redistricting commission to submit maps to the legislature two months earlier than currently required.
  • Find all provisions of this proposal online.

What do people say in favor of this proposal?

  • Simplifies the process of drawing and approving maps.
  • Moving up the redistricting timeline will give adequate time to prepare for June primaries.

What do people say in opposition to this proposal?

  • Limits the power of the minority party to provide input into maps.
  • Reduces overall role and power of the independent redistricting commission.

Right to Clean Air, Clean Water, and a Healthful Environment

The proposed amendment to Article 1 of the New York Constitution would establish the right of each person to clean air and water and a healthful environment. 

What do people say in favor of this proposal?

  • Places environmental rights on par with political and civil rights.
  • Governments and businesses would have to take environmental impacts into account in decision making.

What do people say in opposition to this proposal?

  • The language is broad and it is difficult to know how it will be interpreted and enforced.
  • May result in “unfunded mandates” for local governments. 

Eliminating Ten-Day-Advance Voter Registration Requirement 

The proposed amendment would delete the current requirement in Article II, § 5 that a citizen be registered to vote at least ten days before an election and would allow the Legislature to enact laws permitting a citizen to register to vote less than ten days before the election. 

What do people say in favor of this proposal?

  • Legislature can then pass same-day voter registration.
  • Reduces voting barriers and encourages more people to turn out to vote. 

What do people say in opposition to this proposal?

  • May be more difficult for elections staff to plan ahead and run polling places smoothly.
  • Will require systems to ensure election security and prevent voter fraud.

Authorizing No-Excuse Absentee Ballot Voting

The proposed amendment would delete from the current provision on absentee ballots the requirement that an absentee voter must be unable to appear at the polls by reason of absence from the county or illness or physical disability. 

What do people say in favor of this proposal?

  • All voters can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.
  • Makes voting easier and more convenient by providing more voting options. 

What do people say in opposition to this proposal?

  • Managing more absentee ballots and ensuring election security may require additional resources for elections staff.
  • A high level of absentee voting can cause delays in election results.

Increasing the Jurisdiction of New York City Civil Court

The proposed amendment would increase the New York City Civil Court’s jurisdiction by allowing it to hear and decide claims for up to $50,000 instead of the current jurisdictional limit of $25,000. 

What do people say in favor of this proposal?

  • Reduce backlogs and delays by reducing burden on N.Y.’s Supreme Court, which currently sees civil cases above $25,000.
  • Accounts for inflation since current level was passed in 1983.

What do people say in opposition to this proposal?

  • May place additional burden on New York City’s Civil Court by increasing the number of cases they see.

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