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No rush to replace Fuschillo?

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos during a 2012

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos during a 2012 news conference in Queens. Asked if it was important to fill ex-Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr.’s seat soon, Skelos said: “The main thing is we don’t want to do something that disrupts the [legislative] session” which runs till mid June. (July 26, 2012) (Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Senate co-leader Dean Skelos didn’t jump on the chance Tuesday to demand a special election in the near future to replace ex-Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. -- and even expressed doubts about whether one should be held at all.

Fuschillo, a Merrick Republican, unexpectedly announced his resignation Dec. 31 to take a job with a nonprofit, after serving nearly 16 years in the Senate. His decision means there are now two Senate and seven Assembly vacancies.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has been noncommittal about whether he will call for special elections or leave the seats vacant till Election Day. Some politicians have been demanding special elections soon, perhaps in March when many villages hold elections.

Don’t count Skelos among them.

Asked if it was important to fill Fuschillo’s seat soon, Skelos said: “The main thing is we don’t want to do something that disrupts the [legislative] session” which runs till mid June.
Asked if a special election would be disruptive, Skelos continued: “I think it could, you know, turn into a political moment.”

Skelos was in Albany to attend an event featuring Vice President Joe Biden and updating the state's superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.

Tags: Dean Skelos , Charles Fuschillo , Andrew Cuomo

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