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Possible Contenders Surface for Weiner's Seat



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    A plaque outside the office of Rep. Anthony Weiner in Washington, the day he resigned.

    It's likely Gov. Andrew Cuomo will wait until at least next week to call a special election for Rep. Anthony Weiner's seat, after the disgraced congressman formally submits his resignation.

    But names of potential candidates are already floating about, 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.

    The head of the Queens Democratic Party, Joe Crowley, declined comment Friday. Craig Eaton, chair of the Kings County Republican Party said Ulrich is backed by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

    "The mayor is pushing strongly to get Eric in the race," he said.

    Republican businessman Bob Turner, who challenged Weiner last year, said he is also considering getting in.

    "I think there's a great deal of concern over jobs and job security," he said Friday.

    Once Cuomo declares a special election for the seat, he has a minimum of 70 days and a maximum of 80 days to set the date, according to the Board of Elections.