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Special election for Carl Kruger's seat set for March 20

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According to a number of reports (and an executive order), Governor Andrew Cuomo has called a special election for a number of empty legislative seats--including disgraced former senator Carl Kruger.

The Governor's spokesperson has confirmed that the special elections will take place on March 20. The move will surely come as a disappointment to Republicans who had hoped to have the elections on their presidential primary on April 24. The hope was to drive up Republican turnout--most importantly in Kruger's former seat--to try and make gains in the state legislature.

When asked about the Governor's decision, a Senate Republican spokesperson stated simply, "The date of the special election is set by the governor."

State of Politics' Liz Benjamin (who was the first to post the executive order below) has this run down of the other races for the Assembly:

As for the Assembly seats, three of them opened up when lawmakers moved on for other jobs.

Assemblyman Mike Spano, a Republican-turned-Democrat departed his post in the 93rd AD to become Yonkers mayor. Assemblyman Mark Schroeder, a Buffalo Democrat, left the 145th AD unrepresented when he became the city comptroller on Jan. 1.

Assemblyman Marc Molinaro, a Republican who represented the 103th AD, is now Dutchess County executive. Several candidates – including former Assemblyman Pat Manning, who preceded Molinaro – are interested in running.

The fourth vacancy came when Assemblyman Tom Kirwan died in office last November. Democrat Frank Skartados, who ousted Kirwan in 2008, only to lose a 2010 rematch, is running for the 100th AD. Kirwan’s daughter, Victoria Kirwan Fabiano, has said she intends to seek the Republican and Conservative lines to run for her father’s old post.

Executive order after the jump.

Special Election Proclamation for 2012 AD Seats and Senate Seat 01-02