From the Times Newsweekly:
[Assembly Speaker Sheldon] Silver noted that experts estimate that voter participation in November was barely 46 percent and exceeded turnout of just two other states.
In order to encourage more voter participation and decrease waits and lines at polling places, Silver introduced a bill (A. 689) to institute early voting for all general, primary, and special elections in New York. If enacted, New York would join 32 other states and the District of Columbia that already permit an alternative to in-person voting on election days.
Voters would be permitted to vote at designated locations beginning 14 days prior to any general election and seven days prior to any primary or special election.
Under the bill, each county Board of Elections and the Board of Elections of the City of New York must designate at least five polling places for voters to cast an early ballot. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day during the early voting period, including Saturdays and Sundays, and ballots cast during the early voting period will be counted at the close of the polls on Election Day and included in the election night tally.