WASHINGTON — New York Rep. Anthony Weiner has submitted his letter of resignation, ending — he hopes — the sexting scandal that put the brakes on the Democrat’s career.
Weiner’s letter was received by House leaders Monday, four days after he announced he would step down.
The missive was addressed to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales. House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were copied.
The usually long-winded Weiner kept it short:
“I hereby resign as a member of the House of Representatives for the New York’s Ninth Congressional District effective midnight Tuesday, June 21, 2011. It has been an honor to serve the people of Queens and Brooklyn.”
The letter is expected to be entered into the record on the House floor Tuesday.
Cuomo’s office has not announced when the governor will call for a special election to replace Weiner, though it is expected to be in September or November, to coincide with either the regularly scheduled primary or general election.
Cops: NY mom sent threat when son didn’t make team
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — A suburban New York woman is accused of sending threatening letters to a Little League official and his son because her boy didn’t make a summer baseball travel team.
Nassau County police say 44-year-old Janet Chiauzzi of East Meadow on Long Island also falsely claimed that the official abused his children.
She was arraigned Sunday on charges of stalking, falsely reporting an incident and endangering the welfare of a child.
Police say when one of her two sons didn’t make the team, she wrote “letters of a threatening nature” to the official and his young son. Police say the letters also mentioned the official’s wife and daughter.
Nova Scotia told to pay for medical marijuana
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Nova Scotia’s Community Services Department is pondering its next step after being ordered by an appeals board to help a needy couple improve their marijuana garden.
The couple, whose names have not been made public, have permission to grow up to 25 marijuana plants for medical purposes, according to a Canadian Broadcast Corp. report. The woman was injured in a car accident, and her husband suffers from glaucoma.
But the couple, who get income assistance from the government, can only afford to grow six plants — and sometimes run low on supplies.
The Income Assistance Appeals Board ruled recently that the provincial Community Services Department should pay a one-time cost of $2,500 to set up the full marijuana growing operation and $400 a year for supplies.
North, south Sudan agree to demilitarize Abyei
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Leaders from north and south Sudan signed an agreement on Monday to demilitarize the disputed central region of Abyei and allow an Ethiopian peacekeeping force to move in, said a former South African president who is helping lead peace talks.
Thabo Mbeki said Monday’s agreement provides for the full demilitarization of Abyei, a fertile land near major oil fields that both north and south claim as their own. Troops from northern Sudan moved into the region last month, action that sent tens of thousands of people who are aligned with the south fleeing.
“The Sudan Armed Forces will pull out and will be deployed outside Abyei,” said Mbeki, who helped lead the talks in neighboring Ethiopia.
The agreement comes three weeks before the south is set to secede from the north and create the world’s newest country. Heavy violence has broken out along the north-south border in the run-up to the south’s independence declaration.
An Ethiopian peacekeeping force that is ready to deploy will move in to Abyei as soon as possible, Mbeki said.