Rep. Michael Grimm on Monday announced that he will quit Congress this week, saying time has come for him to start the next chapter of his life.
According to a statement, Grimm would be resigning from the office on January 5.
The statement released by Grimm read: “The events which led to this day did not break my spirit, nor the will of the voters. However, I do not believe that I can continue to be 100% effective in the next Congress, and therefore, out of respect for the Office and the people I so proudly represent, it is time for me to start the next chapter of my life.”
The news about Grimm’s intentions to step down from Congress was first reported by The New York Daily News on Monday evening.
The decision comes within a week after the Congressman was pleaded guilty on December 23 by a Brooklyn federal court in a felony tax fraud case on one of the 20 counts in which he was indicted in April this year. He could be awarded with a maximum sentence of three years jail term.His sentencing is set to begin on June 8.
While talking to the reporters after entering his plea, Grimm said that he had no plans of resigning from Congress, underlining that the tax fraud occurred before he was first elected to the House in the year 2010.
Addressing his supporters, Grimm said, “As long as I am able to serve, I will serve”.
Grimm was re-elected for a third term to represent 13th district of New York in November.