ALBANY – A special election to replace former State Senator Carl Kruger will be held on March 20, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Monday.
Mr. Kruger, a Democrat, resigned last month just before tearfully pleading guilty to corruption charges. His party has a significant enrollment advantage in his south Brooklyn district, but Republicans are eying his seat because of the success of Representative Bob Turner in a special Congressional election last fall.
Democrats are planning to nominate City Councilman Lewis A. Fidler of Sheepshead Bay, who has a prodigious campaign war chest and has already started advertising in local newspapers. Mr. Fidler, who declined to comment on the race after Mr. Kruger resigned, has not yet announced his candidacy.
Republicans are expected to support David Storobin, a lawyer from Brighton Beach and a vice chairman of the Brooklyn Republican Party, who has been meeting with party leaders and planned to open a campaign office in Homecrest on Tuesday. “It’s very likely that I will be officially announcing this week,” Mr. Storobin said.
The Brooklyn Republican chairman, Craig A. Eaton, had urged Mr. Cuomo to set the special election for April 24, the date of New York’s presidential primary election, saying such a move would save taxpayers the cost of an extra election. Democrats had opposed holding the special election on that date, on the grounds that it would give a significant turnout advantage to Republicans, given the interest in the Republican presidential primary.
The governor’s office did not say why Mr. Cuomo chose March 20, though some village elections around the state are already scheduled for that day.
Mr. Cuomo on Monday also called special elections for March 20 to fill four vacant seats in the State Assembly – three in the Hudson Valley and one in Buffalo.