I am undecided in several races.
131st NY Assembly Seat: Normally, I’d be voting KBO - no one in Albany deserves to be returned there. The first duty of the legislature is to get an on-time budget. And that’s a duty that the incumbent has failed in (not alone, by any means) for the past two years.
But I’m not all that impressed with the Republican challenger - he’s running on a number of positions I agree with, but he’s also saying nothing about the issue that I feel is most needing to be fixed in the State: getting the lousy budget done on time. I’ll probably vote for him, but I doubt it would change a blessed thing. (For one thing, voting for anything but a Democrat in the Assembly is a quick way to screw your district when it comes to state funding. Sheldon Silver doesn’t exactly care for people who think he’s supposed to represent the whole state in his position as Speaker. And don’t let any uppity voters tell him otherwise.)
56th NY Senate Seat: Again, normally, I’d be voting KBO - no thought required. But the dinosaur they pulled out to challenge the Republican incumbent is a former State Senator. Did five terms there. Ten late state budgets on his watch. No real promise of anything better from him there.
During that time he had a reputation for being more venal than most in the NYS gov’t. (Since our legislators are all “part time” there’s no ethics problem with outside jobs. And they don’t even have to report how much their outside jobs pay - just where they work.) I have grave doubts about the challenger’s willingness to work for change or reform. The only change I think that he cares for is whether he can get back at the state feeding trough. It’s also interesting to me that the incumbent claims he resigned in 2000, after declining to run for re-election. And that this followed some accusations of ethics violations.
I need to get to the library and check records for that time to see if that’s the case, and I haven’t had time, yet. If the allegations are there, that’s probably going to kill my ability to vote for him. So I might return the incumbent in this race.
I’ve made up my mind for the Federal level offices available.
On the city and county level, I’m voting straight KBO.