The New York State primaries are tomorrow – here’s what you need to know

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NEW YORK — New York will have its third and final primaries of the year Tuesday.

Across the state, 65 Senate seats, 150 Assembly seats and 10 judicial seats are up for grabs in the November general election. Tuesday's primary will determine which major party candidates run in November.

Only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote in Tuesday's primary. The primary voting is largely run by registered Democrats because of the state's political makeup. New York's political makeup won't change much after the elections, said Doug Muzzio, a Baruch University pollster.

There are still some bitterly contested races - including ones with candidates connected to assault and misuse of funds.

"They hope that there's forgiveness and forgetfulness," Muzzio said.

Here's what you need to know:

Here's how to check if you're registered to a party:

Voters can check their status here.

Here's where you can go to cast your ballot: 

You can find your polling location here.

Here are some races worth paying attention to:

State Senate:

District 18 - North Brooklyn:

Incumbent Martin Dilan is facing off against Debbie Medina, who also ran in 2014 and failed to clinch the nomination.  Medina has admitted that she hit her son with a belt. The information came out in 2008 when her son, Eugenio Torres, was on trial for beating his former girlfriend's 3-year-old son to death. He was convicted and is serving a life sentence in prison.

District 25 - Brooklyn:

Velmanette Montgomery, an incumbent who has held her seat since the 1980s, is being challenged by Michael Cox, a former public school teacher and an Obama administration appointee to the United States Commerce Department.

District 31 - Upper Manhattan and parts of the Bronx:

State Senator Adriano Espaillat won the June primary to succeed Rep. Charles Rangel. Four democratic challengers are facing off to replace Espaillat: union organizer Marisol Alcantara, former Bloomberg adviser Micah Lasher, former Councilman Robert Jackson and community organizer Luis Tejada.

District 33 - the Bronx:

This district's primary vote is a rematch between incumbent Gustavo Rivera and Councilman Fernando Cabrera.

District 36 - the Bronx:

The seat is open following Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson decision to leave the Senate in July and take on a position in the Cuomo administration. District Leader Jamaal Bailey, Robert Diamond, Que English, Pamela Hamilton-Johnson, Edward Mulraine and Alvin Ponder are all running for the seat.

State Assembly:

District 46 - South Brooklyn:

Democratic incumbent Pamela Harris, who was elected in a 2015 special election, is being challenged by Kate Cucco.

District 62 - Staten Island:

Incumbent Republican Ronald Castorina Jr. is being challenged by Janine Materna, a management consultant for financial companies.

District 65 - Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn:

Sheldon Silver, the former State Assembly speaker who was convicted on corruption charges, used to hold this seat. Alice Cancel won the special election to fill the seat in April. Incumbents normally have a leg up in races, but that's not the case in this race, Muzzio said.

"She hasn't been a spectacular assembly person," Muzzio said. "I would bet against her."

Cancel is now facing competition from five other candidates for the seat: District Leader Paul Newell, human rights laywer Jenifer Rajkumar, former community-board chairwoman Gigi Li, community activist Don Lee and Yuh-Line Niou, the former Chief of Staff for an Assemblyman.


District 35 - Queens:

Incumbent District Leader George Dixon is facing a challenge by convicted felon Hiram Monserrate, a former Queens state senator. Monserrate was convicted in 2009 for beating his girlfriend. He was served two years in prison after a conviction for misusing funds. He cannot run for most elected offices, but can run for district leader - an unpaid, volunteer position.

For a complete list of races, check here.

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