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Primary ballots finalized

State Assemblyman Rick Lazio will be featured in both primaries, where he is challenged by Ralph Lorigo for the Conservative endorsement and Carl Paladino for the Republican nod. Republicans will also choose between Lazio's running mate, Greg Edwards, and Thomas Ognibene in the race for lieutenant governor.

Five Democrats are lined up in a primary to seek Cuomo's attorney general position: Richard Erodsky, Eric Schneiderman, Sean Coffey, Eric DiNallo, and Kathleen Rice.

The Sept. 14 primary will be the first elections in Essex County to feature the new Opti-Scan voting machines. Election commissioners urged voters not to fear the new machines.

"Instead of pulling the lever, they're filling in the oval," said Republican election commissioner Derinda Sherman. "They take it to the machine and it goes in just like a dollar in a Coke machine."

Primaries for party committee members and other local positions are slated in towns throughout Essex County. Contact the Board of Elections at 873-3474 for more information, including voting locations and times.

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