ALBANY—Just kidding about kidding about that special election!
David Paterson did, after last week proclaiming and subsequently de-proclaiming a special election, proclaim a special election fill the seat vacated by Queens Assemblyman Tony Seminerio. It will fall on September 15, the same day as primary elections.
This may spawn legal action by people who have petitioned to be on the ballot. Here’s a statement from the governor’s office:
Governor David A. Paterson today announced that a Proclamation has been issued calling a Special Election to be held Tuesday, September 15, 2009 to fill a vacancy in the 38th New York State Assembly District.
“Although there were concerns raised about last week’s announcement, after a comprehensive review of the issues at stake, I have determined that a Special Election on Primary Day is the most cost-effective, expeditious way to ensure that the people of the 38th District are appropriately represented in the Assembly,” said Governor Paterson. “I urge all eligible voters to go to the polls on September 15 to select their next Assembly member.”
Governor Paterson issued the Special Election Proclamation on August 14, 2009, pursuant to Section 42 of the Public Officers Law. The Proclamation orders and proclaims that an election for a Member of Assembly be held in the 38th Assembly District in part of Queens County and shall be conducted in the manner prescribed by law for elections in New York State.