Newsday's editorial begins by highlighting the need for a quick special election to fill the North Fork Assembly seat, and concludes with a cheap shot at Dan Losquadro for leaving that seat to run for highway supervisor in Brookhaven ["Set a special election for LI Assembly seat," April 2].

Did your paper run a similar criticism when Hillary Clinton left the Senate to become secretary of state? Everyone knew when she ran for re-election in 2006 that she would run for president in 2008 and leave before her term expired.

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For New Yorkers, Clinton's moves meant two special elections, one in 2010 to continue Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's tenure, and one to fill Gillibrand's open House seat. That is far more costly than running a special election for an Assembly seat.

Bob D'Agostino, Westbury