Candidates vying for a spot on the primary ballot this fall have a deadline to meet today. Petitions, or voter signatures of support, have to be filed with the Board of Elections office by the end of the day.
Legislators and legislative hopefuls had the last five weeks to collect signatures-a daunting task, considering the signatures must be from voters registered with the candidate's respective party and who live in their district. Congressional candidates need 1,250 valid signatures, state Senate candidates need 1,000, and 500 are required for the state Assembly.
Here's a little update on how the candidates in the 33rd Senate race fared:
We already know that incumbent Pedro Espada's filed his petitions-he did it very publicly at a press conference at the Bronx Board of Elections office on Monday.