Cuomo set to announce special election despite legal fight

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears ready to set an April 28 special election — the same day as the state’s presidential primary — to fill a congressional seat left vacant by a western New York Republican who has since been convicted of insider trading.

Republican leaders have said Cuomo wants to set the special election on a day when Democratic voters flood the polls to pick a presidential nominee.

The Democratic governor has repeatedly said he prefers that date because holding it the same day as the primary would save money. Former U.S. Rep. Chris Collins resigned in the fall.

He was sentenced Friday to two years and two months in federal prison for insider trading.

MORE: What Chris Collins’ resignation means for western New Yorkers

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