NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set a May 5 date for a congressional special election to replace Michael Grimm, the Staten Island congressman who resigned last month after pleading guilty to tax evasion.
Cuomo’s announcement comes days after U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein in Brooklyn said he would set an election date if the governor did not do so himself by noon Friday.READ MORE: Charlotte Bennett, Other Accusers Speak Out After Bombshell Gov. Cuomo Investigation Report, Call For Impeachment
Grimm pleaded guilty to tax evasion in December. An indictment charged him with, as owner of a Manhattan restaurant, underreporting more than $1 million in wages and receipts to evade payroll, income and sales taxes, partly by paying immigrant workers, some of them in the country illegally, in cash. He is scheduled to be sentenced in June.
Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan is the Republican candidate, having won the GOP support in January.
Democrats have not chosen a candidate.READ MORE: Gov. Cuomo Sexually Harassed Multiple Women In Violation Of State And Federal Law, AG Investigation Finds