Rep. Michael Grimm will plead guilty on Tuesday to a felony charge of cheating on his taxes at a Manhattan restuarant he co-owned before entering Congress, the Daily News has learned.
The Staten Island Republican will enter the plea in Brooklyn federal court. A 1 p.m. hearing in the case has been scheduled, a court official said.
Grimm, who handily beat hapless not-terribly-smart-guy Dominic Recchia last month by a whopping 13 points despite facing a 20 count federal indictment, had been preparing for a February trial. Now he'll plead guilty to one count that could, but probably won't, land him in federal prison for three years.
This means that he almost will continue to serve in Congress. It's possible that the Republican leadership in the US House could force him out, but it doesn't seem likely. That NY-11 seat is likely safe for the GOP no matter what. It's doubtful that Recchia could win a special election, even if Bill Cosby ran as the Republican. Then again, Cosby is black so all bets would be off. It's Staten Island, if you know what I mean.
So chances are that the good people of Staten Island and a sliver of Brooklyn will almost certainly continue to be represented by a slightly mobbed up, tax evading felon former FBI agent for the foreseeable future.
New York is amazing.
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