Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano withdrew his candidacy for the office of Senate, January 4, 2018. The seat was vacated by George Latimer who successfully won the office of Westchester County Executive in November.
“That leaves little time to reach out to the 600 district leaders,” Spano said in a statement. “The new timing favors candidates who announced early and who have been working the district since then. But as a full time mayor, I faced a difficult challenge, especially with two holiday weekends in between.”
A convention will be held next Tuesday, January 9th at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not set a date for the special election, but speculation indicates it may be held this spring.
Numerous candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for the 37th district seat. Democratic district leaders will choose their candidate from the four remaining contenders: State Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer (Yonkers), Kat Brezler (White Plains), Mark Jaffe (West Harrison), and Chris Burdick (Bedford Town Supervisor).
Republicans have yet to set a date for their nominating convention. Attorney Sarmad Khojasteh and one-time Westchester district attorney candidate Dan Schorr are seeking the GOP nomination for the seat.
There will be no primaries ahead of the special election.
The seat represents the Senate’s 37th District, which covers a large part of the county on its eastern side. It includes parts of Yonkers, White Plains and New Rochelle as well as Bedford, North Castle, Harrison, Rye and Mamaroneck.