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1970 New York state election

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The 1970 New York state election was held on November 3, 1970, to elect the governor, the lieutenant governor, the state comptroller, the attorney general and a U.S. Senator, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.


On June 6, 1968, U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. On September 10, Governor Rockefeller appointed Congressman Charles E. Goodell to serve for the remainder of Kennedy's term.


Democratic primary

The Democratic State Committee met on April 1 and 2 at Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel in Liberty, New York, and designated Arthur J. Goldberg for Governor; Basil Paterson for Lieutenant Governor; the incumbent Arthur Levitt for Comptroller; Adam Walinsky for Attorney General; and Ted Sorensen for the U.S. Senate.[1] The primary election was held on June 23. Paterson received the most votes.

1970 Democratic primary results
Office Party designees Challengers
Governor Arthur J. Goldberg 496,648 Howard J. Samuels 455,482
Lieutenant Governor Basil A. Paterson 594,751 Jerome A. Ambro, Jr. 240,235
Comptroller Arthur Levitt (unopposed)
Attorney General Adam Walinsky 504,942 Robert R. Meehan[2] 242,052
U.S. Senator Ted Sorensen 154,434 Richard L. Ottinger 366,789 Paul O'Dwyer 302,438 Max McCarthy 102,224

Other parties with ballot line

The Liberal State Committee met on April 4, and designated Party Chairman Rev. Donald S. Harrington for Governor; and Deputy Mayor of New York Timothy W. Costello for the U.S. Senate. They also endorsed the Democratic designees Paterson and Levitt, and the Republican designee Lefkowitz.[3] Harrington and Costello withdrew on May 7, and on May 11 the State Committee endorsed Democrat Arthur J. Goldberg for Governor; and the incumbent Republican U.S. senator Charles E. Goodell.[4]

The Republican State Committee met on April 7 at Rochester, New York, and designated the incumbents Rockefeller, Wilson, Lefkowitz and Goodell (the first three for re-election); and completed the ticket with Edward Regan for Comptroller.[5]

The Conservative State Committee met on April 7, and designated again Prof. Paul L. Adams for Governor, and James L. Buckley for the U.S. Senate. Adams had polled more than half a million votes in 1966, and Buckley more than a million in 1968. They also designated Edward F. Leonard for Lieutenant Governor; Anthony R. Spinelli for Comptroller; and Leo Kesselring, lawyer, of Rochester, for Attorney General.[6]

The Republican, Liberal and Conservative tickets designated by the state committees were not challenged in the primaries.

Minor parties

Eight parties filed petitions to nominate candidates.[7]

The Socialist Workers Party nominated Clifton DeBerry for Governor; Jonathan Rothschild, a "30 years old Manhattan taxi driver," for Lieutenant Governor; Ms. Ruthann Miller (born c. 1940), for Comptroller; Miguel Padilla, Jr., 30, for Attorney General; and Ms. Kipp Dawson (born 1941) for the U.S. Senate.[8]

The Communist Party nominated Clifton DeBerry for Governor; Mrs. Grace Mora Newman (born c. 1927), of The Bronx, for Lieutenant Governor; and Arnold Johnson for the U.S. Senate.

The "Civil Service Independents Party" nominated Gov. Rockefeller and Lt. Gov. Wilson for re-election.

The "Independent Alliance Party" nominated James L. Buckley for the U.S. Senate.

The "Courage Party," the New York state branch of the American Party, was ruled off the ballot on September 11 by Secretary of State John P. Lomenzo.[9]

The "Conservation Party" nominated Richard L Ottinger for the U.S. Senate, but was ruled off the ballot by the Appellate Division on October 1, reversing an earlier New York Supreme Court decision. At the same time, the "Independent Alliance" which nominated James L. Buckley, was upheld.[10] The appellate decision was upheld by the New York Court of Appeals on October 7.[11]


At the height of the chaotic political situation during the Vietnam War, a Republican Governor and Lieutenant Governor, a Democratic/Liberal Comptroller, a Republican/Liberal Attorney General and a Conservative U.S. Senator were elected.

The incumbents Rockefeller, Wilson, Levitt and Lefkowitz were re-elected. The incumbent Goodell was defeated.

1970 state election results
Office Republican ticket Democratic ticket Conservative ticket Liberal ticket Communist ticket Socialist Workers ticket Socialist Labor ticket
Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller 3,151,432 Arthur J. Goldberg 2,158,355 Paul L. Adams 422,514 Arthur J. Goldberg 263,071 Rasheed Storey 7,760 Clifton DeBerry 5,766 Stephen Emery[12] 3,963
Lieutenant Governor Malcolm Wilson Basil A. Paterson Edward F. Leonard Basil A. Paterson Grace Mora Newman Jonathan Rothschild Arnold Babel
Comptroller Edward V. Regan 1,853,142 Arthur Levitt 2,881,642 Anthony R. Spinelli 436,584 Arthur Levitt 303,941 (none) Ruthann Miller 14,071 Walter Steinhilber[13] 6,908
Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz 2,891,969 Adam Walinsky 1,886,631 Leo Kesselring 409,169 Louis J. Lefkowitz 321,865 (none) Miguel Padilla, Jr. 14,306 (none)
U.S. Senator Charles E. Goodell 1,178,679 Richard L. Ottinger 2,171,232 James L. Buckley 2,288,190 Charles E. Goodell 225,793 Arnold Johnson[14] 4,097 Kipp M. Dawson 3,549 John Emanuel[15] 3,204


  • The vote for Governor is used to define ballot access, for automatic access are necessary 50,000 votes.
  • The number for Rockefeller/Wilson includes 46,212 votes polled on the Civil Service Independent ticket.
  • Buckley polled 2,179,640 votes on the Conservative ticket and 108,550 on the Independent Alliance ticket.


  1. ^ DEMOCRATS PICK SORENSEN TO RUN FOR U.S. SENATOR; Goldberg Says He Will Not Decline Designation for Governorship Primary; WALINSKY IS ALSO NAMED Choice for Attorney General; Levitt Selected Again for State Controller in NYT on April 3, 1970 (subscription required)
  2. ^ Robert R. Meehan, D.A. of Rockland County
  3. ^ Liberals Name Chairman Gubernatorial Candidate in NYT on April 5, 1970 (subscription required)
  4. ^ Goldberg and Goodell Backed By Liberals' State Committee in NYT on May 12, 1970 (subscription required)
  5. ^ Governor and Goodell Top Republicans' State Ticket in NYT on April 8, 1970 (subscription required)
  6. ^ Conservatives Nominate Adams and Buckley in NYT on April 8, 1970 (subscription required)
  7. ^ 8 PARTIES SEEK PLACE ON BALLOT; Deadline Passes for Filing Petitions in Albany; Symbol Is a Fetus A Party to Aid Buckley in NYT on August 23, 1970
  8. ^ STATE'S SOCIALISTS NAME CANDIDATES in NYT on January 23, 1970 (subscription required)
  9. ^ Buckley's Emblem And Courage Party Ordered Off Ballot in NYT on September 12, 1970 (subscription required)
  10. ^ Appellate Court Rules Against Conservation Party in NYT on October 2, 1970 (subscription required)
  11. ^ TOP STATE COURT UPHOLDS BADILLO; ...Conservation Party Ruled Off Ballot in NYT on October 8, 1970 (subscription required)
  12. ^ Stephen Emery (born c. 1908), "subway train dispatcher," of New York City, ran also for the U.S. Senate in 1950, 1958 and 1962; and for Lieutenant Governor in 1954
  13. ^ Walter Steinhilber (born c. 1897), "commercial artist," of Queens, ran also for the Court of Appeals in 1944
  14. ^ Arnold Johnson (c. 1905-1989), Arnold Johnson Is Dead at 84; A Leading American Communist in NYT on September 28, 1989
  15. ^ John Emanuel (born c. 1908 in Greece), "fur worker," ran also for Comptroller in 1954 and 1966; for Lieutenant Governor in 1958 and 1962; and for the U.S. Senate in 1964 and 1968

Further reading


New York Red Book 1971

See also

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