New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday issued a proclamation scheduling a special election on Tuesday, Feb. 13 to fill the 77th state Assembly seat recently vacated by Latoya Joyner.
"I’m grateful for the extraordinary service Latoya has performed for her constituents and our State. I wish her luck as she embarks on a new journey, and I look forward to working with the next representative to deliver for New York,” Hochul said in a statement.
Joyner abruptly resigned from the Bronx seat in the state Legislature’s lower chamber earlier this month to pursue a different professional opportunity. She had chaired the Assembly Labor Committee and was a member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative and Legislative Women's caucuses.
A special election is scheduled since Joyner’s resignation was announced before April 11, or the state Board of Elections' last day to file regular ballot petitions. The winner will fill the remainder of Joyner’s team. All seats in the state Assembly and state Senate are up for election this fall.
The special election will take place the same day as the special U.S. House of Representatives election to fill former Rep. George Santos’ seat in New York's 3rd Congressional District.