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March 25, 2014

By: Jerry H. Goldfeder

Last week a consortium of civil rights activists sent a sharply worded letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to call special elections to fill twelve state legislative seats. In it, they referred to a variety of previous public statements in support, including from Speaker Sheldon Silver, the New York City Council and my op-ed in the Daily News. The issue is not complicated: approximately 1.8 million New Yorkers are without either an Assembly member or state Senator; about 40,000 residents in the heart of Brooklyn have neither. An effect of these vacancies was felt when theDREAM Act failed to pass the state Senate on account of insufficient votes. Filling the vacancies could change, that result in a re-vote.

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