Governor Still ‘Actively Reviewing’ Whether to Call Special Elections

Many of the vacant districts are in Brooklyn.
Many of the vacant districts are in Brooklyn.

Though candidates across the state have begun to assume that Gov. Andrew Cuomo won’t call special elections to fill state legislative vacancies, the governor himself says he is still keeping his options open.

“It’s something we’re reviewing,” he said today when asked about the subject after an unrelated press conference. “We don’t have a decision yet.” Continue reading “Governor Still ‘Actively Reviewing’ Whether to Call Special Elections”

City Council Resolution to Ask Cuomo to Call Special Elections

Some of the vacant assembly and senate districts.
Some of the vacant assembly and senate districts.

The City Council is set to vote on a resolution this week that calls on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to hold special elections for the many vacant seats in the state legislature. 

Mr. Cuomo has so far been reluctant to call elections to fill the numerous openings in the State Assembly and Senate, which would empower local Democratic organizations. But some council members are trying to change his mind.  Continue reading “City Council Resolution to Ask Cuomo to Call Special Elections”

Attorney Announces Campaign for Open Senate Seat in Brooklyn

Rubain Dorancy. (Photo: Twitter/@RubainDorancy)
Rubain Dorancy. (Photo: Twitter/@RubainDorancy)

The race for newly-minted Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ former State Senate seat is getting more crowded.

Rubain Dorancy, an attorney, teacher and community activist, told Politicker he’s in the race to capture the bizarrely-shaped district, which is based in Crown Heights but branches out to include a sizable chunk of Sunset Park and other neighborhoods. Continue reading “Attorney Announces Campaign for Open Senate Seat in Brooklyn”

Gov. Cuomo Doesn’t Have ‘Any Plans as of Now’ to Call Special Elections

Four of the five vacant seats in New York City are in central and eastern Brooklyn.
Assembly map with the vacant senate district (No. 20) overlaid. Four of the five city vacancies are in central and eastern Brooklyn.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t have any plans to fill vacant seats in the State Legislature through special elections, despite the approach of a new legislative session and many seats to fill.

“We don’t have any plans right now to call special elections,” Mr. Cuomo told Politcker at a Hurricane Sandy-related press conference on Staten Island today. Continue reading “Gov. Cuomo Doesn’t Have ‘Any Plans as of Now’ to Call Special Elections”

Storobin Celebrates A Race That’s Too Close To Call

 Storobin Celebrates A Race Thats Too Close To Call
David Storobin making his way to the stage to give his election night speech. (Photo: Hunter Walker)

The race between veteran Councilman Lew Fidler and Republican upstart David Storobin was a vicious campaign that included charges of pedophilia, Nazism and election day allegations “a Storobin thug” ran over a Fidler volunteer with a van. A police spokesperson subsequently told The New York Times the claim about the van proved to be untrue. In the end, Mr. Storobin was up by 120 votes in the final pre-paper ballot tally, but both candidates declared victory and the campaign is headed to a close count and court fight. However, as Mr. Storobin pointed out in a speech at his election night party, no one expected him to come close.

“We counted 100 percent of the votes but there are still some votes, some paper votes that are left, but based on all the info that we have, I’m proud to say that we, all of us, won this race. There may be recounts and we may have to wait for official results for a few days, or maybe even a couple of weeks, but like I said, the good won, we won,” Mr. Storobin said. “Tonight, we’ll go to bed as winners when nobody outside believed that we had a shot to even compete, when every story about this campaign began with Lew Fidler, the heavy favorite.” Continue reading “Storobin Celebrates A Race That’s Too Close To Call”