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Cuomo sets special elections for Weiner, Pheffer and Mayersohn seats

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Posted: Friday, July 1, 2011 1:50 pm | Updated: 2:32 am, Thu Oct 11, 2012.

   Gov. Cuomo on Friday set the special elections for one Queens Congressional and two state Assembly seats for Sept. 13, which is primary day.

   One of the special elections will be held for former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s seat representing the 9th Congressional District, which covers a large swath of Queens that extends from the northern Fresh Meadows neighborhood all the way to Rockaway Beach, as well as part of Brooklyn.

   Weiner resigned from his seat last month following a scandal that erupted when lewd photos the congressman had sent to women via social networking websites surfaced.

   Special elections will also be held for state Assembly seats previously held by Audrey Pheffer and Nettie Mayersohn.

Pheffer represented the 24th District, which covers Howard Beach, Ozone Park and part of the Rockaways. She left the position she held in Albany for about 24 years to become Queens County clerk.

Mayersohn represented the 27th District, which covers much of northern Queens. Mayersohn retired in March after serving in Albany for 28 years.

   The names of many Democrats have been bandied about as possible contenders in the bid for Weiner’s old seat, including state Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck), his brother, City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens), and former City Council members Melinda Katz and Eric Gioia.

   In the Republican corner, Weiner’s 2010 campaign opponent, Bob Turner, and City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) could be possible challengers.

   A number of people have said they plan to toss their hats into the race for Pheffer’s old spot in Albany, including Phil Goldfeder, an aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.); Democratic District Leader Lew Simon; Democratic District Leader Geraldine Chapey; and Republican District Leader Jane Deacy.

Michael Simanowitz, Mayersohn’s former chief of staff, is so far the only candidate in the race for his old boss’s seat.

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