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Weiner's seat could be filled with special election


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The resignation of Rep. Anthony Weiner will force an election for his 9th Congressional District seat straddling Brooklyn and Queens, with a slate of Democrats and Republicans expected to jockey for their party’s nomination.

The big question is when it will happen.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo could call for a special election or one could be held automatically this fall, said John Conklin, a state Board of Elections spokesman.

Cuomo’s office wouldn’t say Thursday which way the governor is leaning.

Here are the possible scenarios:

Scenario 1

Cuomo can call for a special election that would be held 70 to 80 days from the time of his announcement. Party leaders will get to pick who’ll run.

The last special election in New York was held in May, when former Republican Congressman Chris Lee resigned from the 26th District in February amid his own online sex scandal.

Scenario 2

If Weiner vacates his office before July 7, as expected, and the governor does not call for a special election, interested candidates can petition to run for his seat in the primary election on Sept. 13. They’d have until July 14 to collect 1,250 signatures.

Those primary winners would then run in the general election on Nov. 8.

Weiner’s war chest

Meanwhile, it’s unclear what will happen to Weiner’s $4 million campaign war chest he amassed for a potential 2013 mayoral run. His Political Action Committee could decide to use it to support other races next year, said Jamie Chandler, a Hunter College political science professor.

Over the next few days, Brooklyn and Queens party bosses will be mulling over candidates to replace Weiner.

“We’re looking for a win,” said Kings County Republican Chairman Craig Eaton, adding his members will meet Monday to talk about a party nominee.

Possible candidates

Potential Republicans vying for the seat include: Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich, 26; Queens businessman Bob Turner, 70; and Andy Sullivan, a Brooklyn Tea Party activist.

Several Democrats are also being discussed for the party nod: Queens Councilman Mark Weprin, 50; Queens State Assmb. Rory Lancman, 42; former Queens Councilwoman Melinda Katz, 45; and former Queens Councilman Eric Gioia, 38.

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