Alice Cancel, Sheldon Silver’s Chosen One, Voted Successor to His Assembly Seat
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So it seems that disgraced assemblyman Sheldon Silver’s influence and grip on local politics is intact. Alice Cancel, his puppet pick as replacement in the New York State Assembly, scored victory last night in the special election for the 65th Assembly district.
It was a close race. Cancel edged opponent Yuh-Line Niou 41.3 percent to 35 percent of the vote respectively.
Special elections for state seats don’t have open primaries. Instead, each party’s county committee—a panel of political insiders—picks the candidate who will appear on their ballot row.
The county committee that picked Ms. Cancel, a longtime district leader, was stacked with old allies of Mr. Silver’s. Among them was the fallen pol’s ex-chief of staff, Judy Rapfogel, wife of his childhood friend and fellow felon William Rapfogel.
The victory is not a done deal, though. There is still a primary in September when citizens get the opportunity vote against Silver’s handpicked replacement. Several opponents are already queued to challenge the machine. Jenifer Rajkumar, Paul Newell, Gigi Li, and Don Lee are all expected to throw down come autumn.
Thank you all for voting me and thank you for all the amazing support these last few months. #65AD
— Alice Cancel (@Alice_Cancel) April 20, 2016