New York: Candidate Wants Quick Action From Governor

Posted March 10, 2010 at 6:39pm

The only candidate running so far for the seat of former Rep. Eric Massa (D) is pressing Gov. David Paterson (D) to move fast to schedule a special election.

“The people of the 29th district … need a voice in Washington, D.C.,” former Corning Mayor Tom Reed (R) said Wednesday.

Paterson has said he expects “to call it as soon as possible” but hasn’t pinned down a schedule.

Reed said his fundraising has “been going through the roof” since Massa announced his resignation last week, though he declined to say how much the campaign has raised since reporting $123,000 in cash on hand at the end of 2009.

“If this is done in the next 45 to 60 days we’re going to have the money because I tell you, it’s coming in,” Reed said.

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks (R) is mulling the race and is expected to make a final decision in the next few days.

Former Rep. Randy Kuhl announced Wednesday that he would not try to get his old seat back.

The Democratic race is wide open after several of the party’s possible candidates decided to pass on a run.