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86th State Assembly District


Former Assemblyman Nelson Castro resigned in April 2013 after admitting he had worn a wire for most of his time in office after reaching a deal with the Bronx District Attorney’s office. Castro had been caught lying under oath and decided to make a deal rather than go to prison. The full extent of his work in Albany isn’t clear but it appears he snared Assemblyman Eric Stevenson in a bribery plot. Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not call a special election earlier in the year that would have effectively allowed Bronx County Democrats to name Castro’s successor and now a number of challengers have cropped up to replace Castro--some of them embittered that the County Democrats led by Assemblyman Carl Heastie passed them over, and others happy to have Heastie’s backing.

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Stormy City Council Race For District Hard-Hit By Hurricane Sandy

As District 50 residents gear up to replace Republican James Oddo — who is running for borough president — the primary election encapsulates all of the uncertainties that still grip this embattled area.



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