Gov. Andrew Cuomo has officially set a September 13 special election for disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner's seat. NBC New York first reported 10 days ago the governor planned to select this date to fill the seat.
Special elections for Weiner's 9th Assembly District, along with five other districts with vacant seats, will be held that day to coincide with statewide Primary Day.
The 23rd, 27th, 54th, 73rd, 116th and 144th districts also have open seats.
Weiner, who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens, handed in his official resignation letter late last month.
The 46-year-old married lawmaker admitted to sexting several strange women after he accidentally tweeted a photo of his groin and then tried to claim he had been hacked. He confessed during a teary news conference and resigned 10 days later.
The names of several potential candidates have surfaced, including Democratic state Assemblyman Rory Lancman, Republican City Councilman Eric Ulrich, Democratic Councilman Mark Weprin, former Democratic Councilman Eric Gioia, former Democratic Councilwoman Melinda Katz and Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin.
The person elected to the seat would only be there to serve out the remainder of Weiner’s term, which expires in 2012. And after that, New York could lose the district entirely because of population shifts.
Candidates will need their county committee parties to get them on the ballot.
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