Special Election Date Set for 80th Assembly Seat

Governor Andrew Cuomo has marked April 24 as the day a special election will be held for the vacant 80th Assembly District seat that covers Norwood.

The seat was held by Mark Gjonaj, a Democrat, who relinquished his seat after he was voted Councilman for the East Bronx’s 13th Council District in November.

Some possible names floated to fill his seat include Gjonaj’s former chief of staff, Nathalia Fernandez and Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, a veteran political operative whose résumé includes serving as the former secretary of state for New York.

Cuomo has also called a special election for the vacant senate seat once held by Ruben Diaz Sr., who represented the 32nd Senate District before he was voted Councilman for the 18th Council District in Soundview. Well before Cuomo made the announcement, Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda of the 87th Assembly District, announced he would vie for the seat.

The election is one of eleven seats currently up in the State Legislature. The special elections are scheduled three weeks after the Legislature is expected to pass the budget.

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