Assemblyman Joe Borelli (left) has begun collecting signatures to run in the special election set for Nov. 3 to fill Vincent Ignizio's vacant City Council seat.
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STATEN ISLAND — Mayor Bill de Blasio set a special election for Nov. 3 to fill the City Council seat vacated by Vincent Ignizio, according to a proclamation filed on Monday.
Ignizio who served in the 51st Council District, which he vacated the seat on Friday after taking a job as the CEO of Catholic Charities of Staten Island.
The special election was set for the same date as the general election — which includes races in Queens and The Bronx — and the winner will serve until Dec. 31, 2016.
Councilman Steven Matteo was voted in as Minority Leader to replace the Republican Ignizio, who served as the leader since 2013, the Staten Island Advance reported.
Assemblyman Joe Borelli, who announced he would seek the Republican nomination for the seat, posted on Twitter that he started to collect signatures for his petition to run on Monday.