NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Brooklyn City Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-43rd) will be the Democratic candidate in the race for the vacant congressional seat that had been occupied by Michael Grimm.

Gentile accepted the Democratic nomination at the Crystal Room in South Beach, Staten Island on Friday, according to a DNAInfo report.

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He will run against Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who won the support of the Republican Party last month.

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Grimm, a Republican, 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.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set May 5 for the special election.