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Cuomo sets April 24 special election date


ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo plans to call an April 24th special election to fill 11 vacant seats in the state Legislature — including two key state Senate posts.

An administration source confirmed Tuesday that Cuomo will schedule the election for the last Tuesday in April.

Progressive activists had been urging the governor to call the elections before the state’s March 31 budget deadline.

The legislative seats were left vacant after their previous occupants won election to other offices last year. Democratic victories in both Senate races would give the party — once again — a numerical majority in the GOP-controlled chamber.

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Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester) says she looks "forward to electing Democrats to both open seats."

(Go Nakamura/New York Daily News)

A reunification plan recently agreed to by the mainline Senate Democrats and the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, which shares leadership of the Senate with the GOP, is contingent, in part, on the Democrats winning both vacant seats.

“I look forward to electing Democrats to both open seats and finally giving New York voters the functioning Senate Democratic Majority they have repeatedly voted into office, yet been denied,” said Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester).