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What happens to Slaughter's vacant seat in Congress?

Governor Andrew Cuomo has not said if a special election will be held to fill the 25th District seat in New York, but the decision falls under his jurisdiction. (Photo: SBG file)

(WHAM) - One of the questions following the death of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter on Friday is who will be selected to fill her seat.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has not said if a special election will be held to fill the 25th District seat in New York, but the decision falls under his jurisdiction.

Under New York State Board of Election law, Cuomo would have to declare a special election by July 1. If he does not, the vacancy will go unfilled until the general election on November 6.

If a special election is declared by the governor, the election would have to be held within 70 to 80 days after the governor's proclamation.

2018 was already scheduled to be an election year for Slaughter's former seat. Dr. Jim Maxwell, a Republican neurosurgeon, announced his candidacy for the Congressional seat back in January. Mark Assini, the Republican who twice ran against Slaughter in 2014 and 2016, announced on January 24 he would not be running for the seat.

Representative from Cuomo’s office said they are reviewing their options for a special election, but will not be making any announcements Friday out of respect for Slaughter’s passing.

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