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Don’t expect a special election anytime soon to replace Collins in 27th

The special election to fill the newly opened seat in New York’s 27th District will not be tied to the upcoming November election a month from now. The seat is vacant because of Chris Collins’ guilty plea in a federal court Tuesday.

Collins pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and making false statements.

“I think it’s a reminder that no one is above the law, no matter what your position or how wealthy you are,” said Rep. Joe Morelle, (D-Irondequoit) who served in the House alongside Collins.

Collin’s resignation letter was read by the House clerk hours before his guilty plea. “Madam, I hereby submit my resignation effectively immediately,” the clerk said.

Governor Cuomo said during a radio program that the law requires a three-month window for a special election. It means voters in the district will not have representation in Congress for some time.

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