Gov. Cuomo Sets April for Special Election to Fill Silver’s Vacated Assembly Seat

Posted on: February 1st, 2016 at 9:24 am by

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Sheldon Silver’s puppet show, Photo: Art Y.R. Minor

The date is set.

New York Governor Cuomo announced Saturday the special election to fill the State Assembly seat forfeited by disgraced former Speaker Sheldon Silver last year. (He was convicted on seven counts of honest services fraud, extortion, and money laundering.) The royal rumble is planned for April 19, the same day as the presidential primary. When the smoke clears, the 65th Assembly District will crown its newest legislator.

But it’s a crowded field of contenders vying for the slot. Lower Manhattan Democrats Paul Newell, Jenifer Rajkumar, Don Lee, Yuh-Line Niou, John Bal, Alice Cancel, and Gigi Li are all in the race.

The special election also seeks a replacement seat for former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, whose district is on Long Island.

Who’s the best for the 65th?

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Photo: Daily News

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