Alice Cancel wins special election to take Sheldon Silver’s state Assembly seat

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A Democratic leader from lower Manhattan has won the New York state Assembly seat vacated by former Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver after his corruption conviction last year.

With 93 percent of precincts reporting, Alice Cancel secured 41 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s special election. Working families Party Candidate Yuh-Line Niou placed second with 35 percent.

Republican Lester Chang and Green Party candidate Dennis Levy came in third and fourth in the race.

Cancel is a Democratic district leader and works in the office of the city comptroller.

Silver had represented the district for nearly four decades when he was forced out last fall after being convicted in a $5 million corruption case.

The 65th Assembly district includes the financial district, Chinatown and Battery Park.