posted on February 10, 2011 07:43
Republican Congressman Chris Lee has abruptly resigned from the House of Representatives after a scandal surfaced that he flirted online despite being married.
Lee, who represented Genesee County in the House of Representatives, issued a two paragraph statement last night expressing regret over quote: "the harm that my actions have caused."
Lee’s resignation comes after the gossip website Gawker posted a bare-chested photo of Lee that he allegedly sent a woman he met on Craigslist. Although married with a child, Lee reportedly told the 34-year-old woman he was single and worked as a lobbyist.
He described himself as a "fit, fun, classy guy."
The woman Googled his name and realized he had lied.
She then leaked their e-mail exchanges to Gawker. Lee was just five weeks into his second term. He ran in November virtually unopposed.
GOP County Legislator Jay Grasso of LeRoy reacted to the news of Lee’s sudden departure:
"He was certainly a rising star with the Republican Committee and in Congress. I supported him and worked for his election. I am extremely disappointed by his personal behavior," Grasso said.
It will now be up to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo to call for a special election to fill the congressional seat left empty by Lee’s resignation.
A Rochester woman was hospitalized after her car ran off Route 33 in Byron and overturned.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies said that 37-year-old Melissa Davis of Rochester was westbound on Route 33 yesterday morning when she lost control of her vehicle attempting to pass another.
Davis’ car then ran off the highway and overturned.
Davis, who was alone in her car, was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions.
Governor Cuomo has repeated his plan to close a roughly 10-billion dollar budget deficit with significant cuts to education aid. Cuomo told an audience at Hofstra University that he will stop the annual education and health care spending increases that he claims are 13-percent each . Cuomo also encouraged local school boards to consider wage freezes after saying 40-percent of the state's school superintendent's are paid over 200-thousand dollars.
Public employee unions are taking a different approach to fighting the governor's proposed budget. Rather than spend money on ads, the New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness campaign is trying to gain public support for several ideas aimed at keeping layoffs to a minimum. The campaign's suggestions include the restoration of a stock-transfer tax, adding a soda tax and eliminating the Empire Zone program.