Stringer Staffer Alice Cancel Chosen as Sheldon Silver Successor in State Assembly

Posted on: February 8th, 2016 at 5:12 am by

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Alice Cancel, Photo: Zack Fink

The heir to the (downtown) throne has been chosen.

District leader – and Stringer staffer – Alice Cancel was picked yesterday to succeed the disgraced former Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, in the 65th Assembly District. Yuh-Line Niou had been favored by comptroller Scott Stringer, but rivals revealed last week she technically doesn’t meet the State’s five-year residency requirement. So she quit the race in the eleventh hour.

According to the Daily News, Alice Cancel, 61, secured the Democratic ballot spot with the support of Lower East Side Democrats, her political club, plus strong backing from Silver’s organization, the Truman Club.

Cancel emerged victorious from a crowded pack of hopefuls including Paul Newell (runner up), Jennifer Rajkumar (3rd place), and Gigi Li (0 votes). The cynic here might posit that Stringer is looking to solidify Chinatown votes for a run against Bill de Blasio for Mayor.

The special election remains set for April 19, the same day of the presidential primary election in New York.

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