The Patchogue elections that were to be held March 18 — before coronavirus containment measures got in the way — are now being set for Tuesday, Sept. 15, according to an executive order out of Albany.
Also, the same governor’s executive order delays school board elections and budget votes statewide until June 9.
The school board elections and budget votes will all be conducted by mail and all qualified voters will be sent an absentee ballot with return postage already paid, according to the governor’s office.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo had previously reset the date for special district and village elections for late June, but ordered the new date this weekend.
In Patchogue, Mayor Paul Pontieri is running unopposed for another four-year term.
Trustee candidates Lori Devlin, James Skidmore, Tom Ferb and Jack Krieger are vying for three open trustee seats in an at-large race.
The top three vote-getters win.
Voters in neighboring Bellport Village will also go to the polls Sept. 15.
“We’ve made great progress to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but we still don’t know when this pandemic will end and we don’t want to undo all the work we’ve already done to flatten the curve,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“We don’t want to put New Yorkers in a situation where they are possibly putting their health at risk, so we are delaying school board elections and conducting them by mail and delaying all local special district and village elections to help limit any unnecessary exposure to this virus among both voters and poll workers.”