As expected, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has scheduled April 24 as the date to hold a special election to fill 11 vacancies in the state Senate and Assembly.

The election will fill nine empty seats in the Assembly and two in the Senate, created largely due to lawmakers winning off-cycle local level races last year.

The Senate races are of particular interest to Democrats after a unity deal aimed at uniting the Independent Democratic Conference in the chamber with the mainline Democrats was forged late last year.

Under the agreement, both sides are supposed to set aside backing primary bids challenging their members. The seats in play are a district in the Bronx and in Westchester County.

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