Governor Cuomo calls for Senate, Assembly special elections in May

In March 7, 2017

By Kenneth Lovett
New York Daily News

ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo said Tuesday he’ll call a May 23 special election to fill the state Senate seat recently vacated when Bill Perkins won election to the City Council.

If the Dems win as expected, the party will again have 32 members in the Senate, enough for a majority — except for the fact that nine are aligned with the GOP.

The May 23 date is the closest by law that a special election can be held, Cuomo counsel Alfonso David said.

Whoever wins would take office after the April 1 budget deadline, but several weeks before the scheduled June 21 end of the legislation session, Cuomo said.

Cuomo also said he plans to call a May 23 special election for a Long Island Assembly seat vacated by GOPer Joseph Saladino.

Saladino recently resigned to become Oyster Bay town supervisor.

Whoever wins the special elections will serve out the remainder of the terms that run through 2018.