Primary duty: Put all of New York’s nominating elections on the same day

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The date of the primaries were separated starting in 1976 because of partisan politics, in reaction to an unintended consequence of the 1972 voter surge, which was caused by New Yorkers turning out to help choose a national standard-bearer. Longtime regulars lost to insurgents, like Liz Holtzman (the first AOC), who shocked Rep. Manny Celler, a 50-year veteran and Judiciary chairman for half that time.