Cuomo Eyes Pres. Primary Day for NY27 Special Election

April 28th is presidential primary day in NY

Brendan Keany
October 23, 2019 - 3:45 pm

YOUNGSTOWN, NY (WBEN) - It's been almost a month since Chris Collin's resigned his position as Congressman for New York's 27th Congressional District, but Governor Andrew Cuomo has yet to announce anything concrete regarding a possible special election to fill the vacant seat.

However, on Wednesday morning, Cuomo stated that he still has every intention of holding a special election, and he added that he'd like it to be held on April 28th, the same day as New York's presidential primary.

"My predisposition in all of these situations is that I don't like to leave a seat open because we lose a voice, we lose a proponent whether it's a Republican or a Democrat," said Cuomo. "I want somebody fighting for Western New York. If you leave this seat open, you just have one less person on the team, you have one less person fighting for you."

While holding a special election in late April means nearly seven months without representation, Cuomo says it's tricky to find a closer day that makes sense.

"I don't like to have a lot of elections because they're expensive, number one. When you have to hold an election, there's a cost to the taxpayer to hold the election, so whenever we can group elections together, I also think it makes more sense for people," he added. "We want people to vote, but to facilitate people voting, you don't make them come out 10 times to vote - let me go to the polls once, make all the decisions - you know, I have a life too."

Of course, Cuomo noted that date has to go through the formal proceedings, but he seemed quite enamored with the thought of both elections being on the same day.

Listen to Cuomo's full comments below:

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