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Special election set to fill vacant seats in State Legislature

ALBANY – April 19 has been set as the date for a special election to fill four vacancies in the State Legislature, including seats left empty when Sheldon Silver, the former Assembly speaker, and Dean G. Skelos, the former Senate majority leader, were convicted on federal corruption charges last year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced.

In addition to Democrat Silver’s former district in Lower Manhattan and the Long Island district that Republican Skelos represented, Assembly districts on the southern end of Staten Island and in southeast Brooklyn will be on the ballot in the special election, which Cuomo, a Democrat, announced in a proclamation Saturday.

Skelos was forced to give up his seat representing the 9th District, in Nassau County, after he was convicted in December, along with his son, Adam B. Skelos, on charges of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. Assemblyman Todd Kaminksy, a Democrat and former federal prosecutor, and Christopher T. McGrath, a Republican lawyer and political newcomer, have been chosen by their parties to compete to represent the moderate suburban district.

Silver, who spent more than two decades as speaker, was convicted in November on charges of honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering, forcing him to forfeit the Assembly seat he had held for nearly 40 years. Silver represented the 65th Assembly District.

Voters on Staten Island will choose a successor to Joseph C. Borelli, a Republican who was elected to the New York City Council in a special election in November, in the 62nd Assembly District. In Brooklyn, voters in the 59th Assembly District will pick a candidate to succeed Roxanne J. Persaud, a Democrat who vacated the seat after being elected to the State Senate in November.