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Democrat Alice Cancel Wins Sheldon Silver's Old NYS Assembly Seat

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Voters in Lower Manhattan chose a replacement Tuesday night for disgraced former state Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver.

Democrat Alice Cancel was the projected winner in the race. With all precincts reporting, Cancel had 41 percent of the vote, compared with 35 percent for Working Families Party candidate Yuh-Line Niou.

Republican Lester Chang had 20 percent, and Green Party candidate Dennis Levy 4 percent.


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Silver, 72, was convicted in November in a $5 million corruption case. Prosecutors say he traded favors to enrich himself and then lied about it. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 3.

He had once been one of the most powerful men in Albany – along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Senate leader Dean Skelos, who together with Silver were sometimes called the "three men in a room."

He served as leader of the state Assembly from 1994 through early 2015.

Cancel will now represent his old Assembly district that spans parts of the Lower East Side and Chinatown.

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