BUFFALO, N.Y. — Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY) has notified Governer Andrew Cuomo of his resignation.

Collins submitted a letter to Cuomo that his resignation was effective September 30, 2019. He also attached his letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. 

This announcement follows a recent motion filed in federal court in Manhattan that shows a 'change of plea hearing' for Collins, his son Cameron Collins and Stephen Zarsky.

Collins is accused of illegally leaking confidential information about a biopharmaceutical company to his son and the father of his son's fiancée.

What happens next is up to the Governor.  He can call for a special election or keep the seat vacant until November 2020,

Collins' hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 1 at 3 p.m.   The hearing for his son and Zarsky is scheduled for October 3 at 2 p.m.