Wednesday, May 11, 2022

NY Congressional House Member Resigns

Tom Reed (R-NY, 23rd District) Resigns, Seven months before his Final Term was due to end, setting up a Second Special House Election in New York.

Reed’s Resignation come a week after Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-NY, 19th District) announced plans to Resign to become Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Lieutenant Governor.

The Resignation means that New York will have Two Special Elections on the August Primary Ballot, for Congressional Districts that are currently being Redrawn by the Court.

“After almost 12 years in Congress, today is my last day,” Reed announced on the House Floor. As recently as March 2021, Reed has been a Frontrunner for the GOP Nomination in the 2022 Gubernatorial race. But after he faced Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, he announced he would soon end his Political career. Reed is joining Lobbying Firm Prime Policy Group.

In his brief Speech on the House Floor, Reed warned of “extremism” in the Country’s Politics. “It is time for petty political posturing to end,” he said.

Under a Law that was enacted in 2021, Governors are now obligated to call Special Elections whenever a Member of Congress leaves Office before July 1st in an Election year. They have 10 days to issue a Proclamation calling a Contest to be held 70 to 80 days later.

If Hochul receives formal Notification of Reed’s Departure on Wednesday, that would place the date for a Special for his Seat somewhere between July 20 and Aug. 8. New York is currently slated to hold Govenor and State Assembly Primaries on June 28th, and State Senate and 26 of the yet-to-Redrawn Congressional Seats on Aug. 23rd.

Delgado has Not yet announced a Date of Departure, but it is expected to happen “by the end of the month,” Hochul’s Office said.

If that Date happens to be on May 25th or later, then the Special for his Seat could be held to coincide with the August Primary.

Both Delgado’s Hudson Valley District and Reed’s Southern Tier Seat face uncertain futures as New Maps are being drawn in Steuben County, which, coincidentally, is part of Reed’s District.

After much of Rep. Claudia Tenney’s (R-22nd District), was merged with Delgado’s in lines drawn by Democrats earlier this year, she announced plans to run in the Seat being vacated by Reed. But there’s still a chance that Tenney’s Seat could survive the process that started after the Courts tossed the Democratic Lines.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker

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