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Special Elections Set For May 5

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has set May 5 as the date for two special elections.

Cuomo issued the proclamation Friday, the deadline to set the special election dates for two open seats.

The 11th Congressional district seat on Staten Island is open following the resignation of Republican Michael Grimm, who pleaded guilty to a felony tax evasion charge in January.

There’s also a race brewing to replace Brooklyn Democratic Assemblyman Karim Camara of the 43rd district, who is joining the Cuomo administration to direct the new office of Faith-Based Community Development Services.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.