Cast Your Vote for Sheldon Silver’s Albany Replacement Today
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Voting posters on Grand StreetIt’s come to this. Today is primary day to vote a replacement for the disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and unseat his handpicked successor, Assemblywoman Alice Cancel.
Crowded the political field is. Opponents have been hustling and aggressively mailing instant trash for the last couple months. Jenifer Rajkumar, Paul Newell, Gigi Li, Yuh-Line, and Niou Don Lee all challenge the new incumbent.
Each of the candidates have accused Cancel, who won the controversial special election in April (there was no public primary), of being a puppet of her predecessor. Chosen by longtime Silver allies.
And even though today’s vote is a primary, the outcome is likely to stick come Election Day in November. As the Wall Street Journal notes, “The 65th Assembly District stretches from the edges of the East Village through Chinatown to Battery Park City. Because the area is heavily Democratic, the winner of Tuesday’s primary will likely cruise to victory in the Nov. 8 general election.”
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