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Paterson Sets N.Y. Special Election on Election Day

New York’s 29th district seat has been empty since March, and it’s going to stay empty until November.

Gov. David Paterson (D) announced Wednesday that the special election to fill the vacancy created by Democratic Rep. Eric Massa will share the ballot with the other races on the Nov. 2 general election.

Paterson said his decision was based on “serious concerns over the rollout of new electronic voting machines in several counties within the district, the local financial burden of holding a special election so close to the regular election cycle, as well as the possible disenfranchisement of overseas military voters who would not be able to participate.”

Paterson said he’ll issue a special election proclamation in October.

Massa resigned amid complaints about his behavior around House staffers.

“If cost is the issue, then why was money made available to have special elections in New York’s 20th and 23rd districts, but not the 29th district?” said former Corning Mayor Tom Reed (R), the first candidate to declare and now the candidate who has waited the longest for a special election date.

“In those other districts, the Democrats could add another vote for their takeover agenda in Washington, but the 29th district might choose a Representative who would oppose that agenda,” he said. “Now that someone opposed to the takeovers might win, they make us wait.”

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