It has been almost two months since Louise Slaughter died, leaving the seat for the 25th congressional district vacant. Many are wondering when the governor will call a special election to fill the seat.

It has been almost two months since Louise Slaughter died, leaving the seat for the 25th congressional district vacant. Many are wondering when the governor will call a special election to fill the seat.

During a visit to Rochester on Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo was asked about holding a special election. Cuomo says he has not made a decision for a number of reasons.

"So we're trying to coordinate the federal election days and the state election days to make sure that it doesn't inconvenience voters and it doesn't cost the taxpayers too much money," Cuomo said. "But we'll have an answer in the next few weeks."

Cuomo's response has prompted some to speculate he will wait until November. By law he has to give the board of elections at least 70 days to prepare for a special election.

Commissioner at Monroe County Board of Elections Tom Ferrarese says it takes weeks to program the 600 plus voting machines, set up 300 polling places, hire workers and so forth.

However, Republican Candidate for congress, Dr. James Maxwell says money should not determine a special election. He says it's unacceptable to go without representation in Congress until November.

"I think it was proper to wait a period of time after Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's death, out of respect," said Maxwell, "but it's time to move. I encourage the governor to call a special election by June."

But Democrat Rachel Barnhart says a special election would be unfair to voters.

"If we have a special election, the local Democratic party picks out who's on the ballot," she said. "That would disenfranchise Democrats. It would give too much power to party elites and it wouldn't be fair. We need to go through this process. Democrats will pick their nominee on June 26, and we should pick who we want on election day."

Democrat Adam McFadden says Slaughter's death rushed the process for candidates. Now he says it's time to slow it down for the voters.

McFadden: "I'm just thinking what's best for our community. It's not a rushed process. it's a wholesome process that deserves some conversations that involve substance and not how fast can we get somebody in the seat."

A spokesperson for Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle said Morelle is hard at work talking with voters about the issues that he thinks are important to them and if an when a special election is called, he's ready to run and ready to serve.

Brighton Town Board Member Robin Wilt said she's not letting anything distract her "from her goal of putting people before politics" and if and when a special election is held she's looking forward to taking on the Republicans and taking her movement to Washington.