New York state election, 1939
|Elections in New York|
The 1939 New York state election was held on November 7, 1939, to elect the Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals. Besides, an amendment to the State Constitution proposed to legalize Parimutuel betting on horse-race tracks, and was accepted.
In 1939, there was only one state officer to be elected statewide: The Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, to succeed Frederick E. Crane, who would reach the constitutional age limit at the end of the year.
The revised State Constitution of 1938, ratified by the electorate the previous year, increased the term in the New York State Assembly to two years, so that there were no assembly elections anymore in odd-numbered years.
Judge Irving Lehman was elected unopposed.
|Ticket / Office||Chief Judge|
|American Labor||Irving Lehman|
- DEMOCRATS VOTE BENCH NOMINATION TO JUDGE LEHMAN in NYT on September 28, 1939 (subscription required)
- JUDGE LEHMAN GETS LABOR NOMINATION in NYT on October 1, 1939 (subscription required)
- JUDCE LEHMAN WINS BACKING BY G.O.P. in NYT on October 4, 1939 (subscription required)
- Official result: 1,225,495 Approved Pari-Mutuel in NYT on December 10, 1939 (subscription required)