From the Morning Memo:

It’s still unclear when an election will be held to fill New York’s 57th state Senate District seat vacated by longtime Republican legislator Cathy Young, although the field is becoming more clear.

Republican candidate George Borrello said he has submitted double the mandatory required petitions to get on the ballot ahead of the April 4 deadline for the GOP, Conservative and Independence Party lines. Because of Young’s sudden resignation and new election laws advancing the timeline, the current Chautauqua County executive said he faced significant challenges to get signatures.

He said he and volunteers didn’t even get started until two weeks into the process, which spans a little more than a month.

“It was truly challenging on so many levels and I’m just very thankful for everyone that circulated petitions on my behalf and also the people that signed them and stepped up,” Borrello said. “I’m very grateful for those folks that have faith in my ability to carry out and continue on Cathy Young’s legacy of great public service.”

If, however, the governor calls a special election, those petitions don’t actually matter. In that case, the local parties designate a candidate and Borrello has already been chosen by Republicans and Conservatives to run on their respective lines.

It would seem that the June 25 primary day would be the most opportune time for a special election, because all of the staff and machines are already in place. Under New York election law, it would have to be held no sooner than 70 days, but no later than 80 days following a proclamation from the governor.

That means the window for Gov. Andrew Cuomo is quickly approaching.

His office has not confirmed a timeline to this point.

“Overwhelmingly, it seems here locally, people feel that they deserve the right to have a representative long before the first of next year. So I’m hopeful that he will call for that special election but it’s up to the governor to decide if and when,” Borrello said.

If there is no special election, the Republican could face a primary challenge. Alleging County Legislature Chairman Curt Crandall is also reportedly circulating petitions.