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Assemb. Kaminsky prepares campaign for Skelos seat

Assemb. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) at the Martin

Assemb. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Long Beach on Jan. 4, 2015. Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Already the endorsed Democratic candidate, Assemb. Todd Kaminsky has formed a campaign committee to run for ex-Sen. Dean Skelos’ seat.

Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) has created the “Kaminsky 2016” committee to run the southwestern Nassau County district, a seat seen as key to which party controls the Senate after this fall’s elections.

Last week, Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs announced the party endorsed Kaminsky over three other hopefuls. Kaminsky’s background as a former federal prosecutor is seen as particularly attractive in the race to replace Skelos, who last month was convicted of bribery, extortion and conspiracy charges.

Republicans have to yet to center on a candidate.

Though Cuomo hasn’t acted yet, many politicians expect him to call a special election for the seat, likely April 19 – the same date as New York’s presidential primaries.

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