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.