From the NYT City Room blog:
Fulfilling the wishes of local political leaders, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Friday that a special election to fill the seat of former Representative Anthony D. Weiner would be held on Sept. 13.
Already, several names have surfaced as possible contenders. The three leading candidates, according to Democratic leaders, are Assemblyman Rory I. Lancman; Assemblyman David Weprin; and former City Council member Melinda Katz. Others include City Councilman Mark Weprin; former City Councilman Eric Gioia, and former Reprensentative Elizabeth Holtzman.
“No decisions have been made,” said one Democrat who has talked to Mr. Crowley in recent weeks. “Everyone’s in the mix.”
On the Republican side, the two leading candidates are believed to be a city councilman, Eric Ulrich, and Bob Turner, who, fueled by a national wave of anti-incumbency, won a surprisingly high 40 percent of the vote against Mr. Weiner in 2010. But Philip Ragusa, chair of the Queens Republican Party, said that his screening committee had interviewed eight candidates so far, and would likely interview at least another four more.
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