Albany, NY – NY Special Election Set To Replace Convicted US Rep. Grimm

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    FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2014 file photo, Rep. Michael Grimm speaks to the media outside Federal court in Brooklyn after pleading guilty to a federal tax evasion charge rather than go to trial in New York.   Gov. Andrew Cuomo has scheduled a special election for May 5, 2015  to replace Grimm,.  Cuomo's announcement comes days after a federal judge ordered him to set the date by noon Friday, Feb. 20 in a lawsuit brought by voters.(AP Photo/John Minchillo)Albany, NY – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has scheduled a special election for May 5 to replace U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, who resigned after pleading guilty to tax evasion.

    Cuomo’s announcement comes days after a federal judge ordered him to set the date by noon Friday in a lawsuit brought by voters.

    U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein said the Staten Island Republican congressman’s resignation Jan. 5 left 750,000 residents in a 66-square-mile area “bereft” of an advocate before the government bureaucracy or a voice in Congress.

    Grimm is still awaiting sentencing.

    Grimm made national headlines last year after telling a local cable TV news station reporter he wanted to throw him off a balcony in the Capitol for asking about an FBI probe into Grimm’s campaign finances.

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