Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi to combine the current June federal and September state and local party primaries in New York into a combined June primary has passed in the Assembly.

Brindisi says the legislation could save Oneida County well over $100,000 annually and will save the state over $25 million a year.

He says combining the primaries will reduce the current expense to taxpayers and municipalities of having two separate primaries within less than 90 days of the election cycle

Brindis says it also reduces the workload for local board of elections workers.

Combining the June and September primaries makes fiscal sense, and also encourages more participation by voters here at home, as well as overseas,” Brindisi said.