Why is this election happening?
State Senator Brian Benjamin was appointed Lieutenant Governor for New York State after Kathy Hochul became Governor. This special election will fill his Senate seat.
What does the State Senate do?
The New York State Senate is the upper chamber of the state legislature. State Senators write and vote on legislation, approve state funding levels, and confirm the Governor's appointments of state officials and court judges.
Which neighborhoods are in this district?
The 30th NYS Senate District includes the following neighborhoods in Manhattan:
- East Harlem (El Barrio)
- Upper West Side
- Washington Heights
- Hamilton Heights
- Morningside Heights