Last week, Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm pleaded guilty to felony tax fraud charges, rather than face trial. He told reporters, "As long as I'm able to serve, I'm going to serve." Well, now it seems like "as long as I'm able to serve" is about two weeks.

After the Daily News reported that Speaker of the House John Boehner had a chat with him about resigning, Grimm released a statement last night:

After much thought and prayer, I have made the very difficult decision to step down from Congress effective Jan. 5, 2015. This decision is made with a heavy heart, as I have enjoyed a very special relationship and closeness with my constituents, whom I care about deeply.

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.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the hardworking families on both sides of the Verrazano, and I am sincerely grateful for the love and support that I have received from so many over the past few difficult months. I have seen first-hand how extraordinary the people of this district are -- their values, their love of community, and their care for each other in the best and worst of times -- it is humbling. I am grateful, and I will always keep them in my prayers.

The News had said that Grimm "reversed course after speaking Monday to...Boehner (R-Ohio), who has taken a hard line on GOPers facing ethics charges."

Grimm was convicted of underreporting $900,000 in revenue from an Upper East Side health restaurant, Healthalicious, and using some of that money to pay employees "off the books." Some of those employees were not in the country legally and not authorized to work here.

Now Governor Cuomo will have to call a special election, and one frontrunner is Staten Island D.A. Daniel Donovan, who "prosecuted" Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Billionaire and one-time mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis wants Vito Fossella to run again. Fossella decided against running for re-election in 2008 when he had a DWI arrest that led to the revelation he actually had a love child in Virginia. Basically it's Staten Island politics as usual.