Blakeman sues Hochul over law that moves local elections to even years

Blakeman sues Hochul over law that moves local elections to even years
Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman. (Photo courtesy of the county executive)

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman filed a lawsuit Friday against Gov. Kathy Hochul and the state over a law she signed in December that will move most local elections to even years.

The law is set to take effect in 2026. Individuals elected after Jan. 1, 2025, will serve shortened-terms to match up with the upcoming even-year elections.

Blakeman’s lawsuit seeks to block these changes and contends that the state violated its constitution by enacting the new law, according to Newsday.

Efforts to reach Blakeman were unavailing.

The Democrat-backed law would make local races line up with gubernatorial and presidential elections. Turnout is highest during these elections and Democrats have a slight turnout advantage, according to The New York Times.

Democrats overall outperformed Republican candidates in the special elections that have taken place since the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June 2022, according to The New York Times.

Nassau County Legislature Minority Leader Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) issued a statement following the announcement of the suit.

“Here we go again with the Blakeman administration’s latest wasteful lawsuit-of-the-week, paid for by Nassau taxpayers,” DeRiggi-Whitton said in a statement. “The Democratic Minority Caucus voted against retaining special counsel to pursue this politically motivated action, and we are confident this frivolous litigation will be swiftly thrown out of court.”

But Blakeman is not the first to oppose the even-year elections law. Onondaga County, home to Syracuse, filed a lawsuit March 22 against the new state law.

He is also the target of two recent lawsuits filed against him after he signed an executive order Feb. 22 banning transgender girl and women athletes from participating in girls’ and women’s sports at county facilities.

New York Attorney General Letitia James issued a cease-and-desist order against Blakeman March 1, demanding he rescind the executive order.

And a Long Island-based roller derby league filed a lawsuit March 11 against Blakeman in response to the executive order.

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