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New York gubernatorial election, 1962

The 1962 New York state election was held on November 6, 1962, to elect the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the State Comptroller, the Attorney General, a judge of the New York Court of Appeals and a U.S. Senator, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.


Judge Charles W. Froessel would reach the constitutional age limit of 70 years at the end of the year.


The Socialist Labor state convention met on April 1, and nominated again the same ticket as in 1958, headed by Eric Hass for Governor[1]

The Democratic state convention met from September 16 to 18 at Syracuse, New York, and nominated U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Robert M. Morgenthau for Governor on the second ballot. They also nominated Mayor of Binghamton John J. Burns for Lieutenant Governor;[2] Manhattan Borough President Edward R. Dudley for Attorney General; James B. Donovan for the U.S. Senate; and re-nominated the incumbent Comptroller Arthur Levitt.[3]

The Republican state convention met on September 19 at Buffalo, New York, and renominated the incumbents Rockefeller, Wilson, Lefkowitz and javits; and completed the ticket with John P. Lomenzo for Comptroller and New York Supreme Court Justice Marcus G. Christ for the Court of Appeals.[4]

The Liberal Party met on September 19, and endorsed the Democratic ticket.[5]

The Socialist Workers Party nominated a full slate, and filed a petition to nominate candidates.[6]

The Conservative Party selected on July 13 David H. Jaquith to run for Governor.[7] They filed a petition to nominate candidates which was challenged by the Republicans. On October 1, the Republican State Chairman L. Judson Morhouse announced that his party dropped the suit, and the ticket went on the ballot.[8]


Four Republicans and two Democrat/Liberals were elected.

The incumbents Rockefeller, Wilson, Levitt, Lefkowitz and Javits were re-elected.

1962 state election results
Office Republican ticket Democratic ticket Liberal ticket Conservative ticket Socialist Workers ticket Socialist Labor ticket
Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller 3,081,587 Robert M. Morgenthau 2,552,418 Robert M. Morgenthau David H. Jaquith[9] 141,877 Richard Garza[10] 19,698 Eric Hass 9,762
Lieutenant Governor Malcolm Wilson John J. Burns[11] John J. Burns E. Vernon Carbonara[12] Sylvia Weinstein[13] John Emanuel[14]
Comptroller John P. Lomenzo Arthur Levitt Arthur Levitt Thomas D. Cole[15] Allen Taplin[16] Milton Herder[17]
Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz Edward R. Dudley Edward R. Dudley Frederick S. Dennin[18] Leroy McRae[19] (none)
Judge of the Court of Appeals Marcus G. Christ[20] John F. Scileppi John F. Scileppi 244,394 (none) (none) (none)
U.S. Senator Jacob K. Javits 3,269,417 James B. Donovan 2,289,341 James B. Donovan Kieran O'Doherty[21] 116,151 Carl Feingold[22] Stephen Emery[23]


  • The number is total of votes on Democratic and Liberal tickets for Morgenthau/Burns and Donovan.
  • The vote for Governor is used to define ballot access, for automatic access are necessary 50,000 votes.


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