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Speculation mounts about Hoyt successor

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – Former State Assemblyman Sam Hoyt sat down with reporters Friday afternoon for the first time since his sudden resignation Thursday.

Hoyt abruptly gave up the seat he held for nearly twenty years to take a job in the Cuomo Administration. He will be appointed next week as Senior Vice President for Regional Projects at Empire State Development Corporation based in Buffalo.

Hoyt said there is no intrigue about his surprise decision. He said it was simply the right time and the right job.

Hoyt rejects the idea that the job is a political favor for his loyalty to the Governor. Hoyt says he's qualified to work on behalf of the region's economy.

The Governor announced Thursday that a special election will be held on Primary Day to elect Hoyt's replacement, as well as to fill other vacant seats, including the Congressional seat vacated by Anthony Weiner.

Bufalo Common Councilman Joseph Golombek is among those mentioned as possible successors to Hoyt. He ran a competitive race for Hoyt's seat in the last election. But Golombek, who is up for re-election, said he is not interested.

"If this had happened earlier, I might have thought about it, but saying that I was going to run for council and gearing up for that, I want to concentrate on North District Council member," said Golombek.

The Democratic Party is expected to choose a candidate for the race to elect Hoyt's replacement within the next couple weeks.