Lawmakers reschedule primary to avoid Rosh Hashanah

Primaries for state and local offices will take place on a Thursday instead of a Tuesday this September, a scheduling shift lawmakers made to avoid a conflict with Rosh Hashanah.

The state Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to move the primary to Sept. 13 from Sept. 11. The Assembly did the same thing about a week earlier.

Rosh Hashanah, the two-day celebration of the the Jewish new year, begins this year in the evening on Sept. 9 and ends in the evening on Sept. 11.

Moving the date also avoids conflicting with annual commemorations for Americans killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Congressional primaries will be held on June 26. New York holds separate state and federal primaries in June and September in even-numbered years because state lawmakers can’t agree on a single date to hold both.

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