From the Daily News:
At the moment, four Assembly seats are empty, with a fifth becoming vacant Friday. Cuomo has two choices as to how they will be filled in the coming months: He can call a boss-driven "special election" or he can allow candidates to vie in open primaries.
No one disputes that the law gives the governor the power to go with either option. In the case of filling a vacant congressional seat, however, some argue that Article I of the U.S. Constitution ties Cuomo's hands.
They point to a provision mandating that governors "shall issue Writs of Election to fill" vacancies in the House of Representatives instead of appointing a new member. They then say a) that this requires Cuomo to issue an order; b) that he can only "order" a special election; and c) that the Constitution thus bars full voter participation.
Give us a break.
Cuomo should not so insult Weiner's constituents to the benefit of bosses Joe Crowley of Queens and Vito Lopez of Brooklyn. Nor should he impose "special elections" on residents of the legislative districts where seats are vacant.
The governor should give all the voters the complete say they deserve.