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Cuomo plans no special elections this year

 

By Robert J. McCarthy

   ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that a
host of legislative vacancies will apparently not be filled this year.
   "It's not in our current plan," he said, when asked about the possibility of calling special elections during a post budget adoption press conference in the Capitol.
   The decision means almost 1.8 million voters will be left without representation as a result of resignations or lawmakers moving on to higher office.
   Indeed, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver noted at the same Capitol session that many voters continue to be represented by those who have won other elections, adding all legislative offices remain open and functioning.
  
Nine vacancies exist in the Assembly and two in the Senate. That is the result of representatives departing for other jobs or because of scandals, and their constituents now have one less voice to represent them in Albany.
   One of the vacancies stems from the January resigntion of Assemblyman Dennis H. Gabryszak, a Depew Democrat accused of sexually harassing female staffers.
   His seat and all others are expected to now remain vacant until January and the results of the November general election.  

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