Gov. Cuomo sued over failing to call special election


A group of Monroe County voters have filed a lawsuit against Governor Cuomo for not calling a special election following the death of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

In a lawsuit filed this week, the voters — David Seubert of Rochester, Caroline Tolbert of Rochester, Mark Whelan of Pittsford, Dilys Farney of Fairport, Richard Hastings of Fairport, Lynn Lanphear of Pittsford and Linda Lanphear of Pittsford — say Governor Cuomo failed to perform his “constitutional duty” to issue a special election.

As a result, the voters say they have been denied their right to representation.

The state and county Board of Elections are also named in the lawsuit.

News 8 has reached out to Governor Cuomo for reaction to the case.

While no special election has been called, a new representative will be decided in November. At this time, four candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination, including Assemblyman Joe Morelle, Brighton Town Boardmember Robin Wilt, former television journalist Rachel Barnhart, and City Councilman Adam McFadden.

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