The New York State Republican Party filed a lawsuit Wednesday in State Supreme Court in Monroe County asking a judge to compel the governor to call a special election as soon as possible for NY’s vacant 27th Congressional seat.
“We feel no choice here but to sue Governor Cuomo to do his job, just like other political leaders have had to do in the past, to call a special election within this district,” state GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy said.
Republican Chris Collins resigned in late September, a day ahead of his guilty plea on federal insider trading charges. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-NY, is mandated by law to call a special election to fill the opening but has typically had discretion as to when he calls it.
Cuomo has indicated on several occasions – including during a stop in Western New York last week – he is leaning toward holding the election on April 28, 2020 – the same day as the presidential primary. The governor said it makes fiscal sense to hold the elections on the same day when there will already be staff, polling places, and voting machines available.