In the New York Times, Vivian Yee takes a look at the upcoming special elections to replace recently convicted legislators, including Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos. From the article:
“From the day the men were convicted on corruption charges and stripped of their caramel leather seats in the State Legislature, it seemed safe to assume that the special elections to replace Sheldon Silver and Dean G. Skelos would come down to which of their would-be successors could offer the greatest contrast to the two politicians.
For Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky, a Democrat who is seeking the seat held by Mr. Skelos, a Republican and the former Senate majority leader who was convicted on federal corruption charges in December, there had never been a better moment to be a former federal corruption prosecutor. “Albany urgently needs new, honest leadership,” Mr. Kaminsky said,accepting the nomination last month.”