(CNN) – New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that a special election for the state's 26th Congressional District will be held on May 24.
The seat was vacated when Republican Rep. Chris Lee abruptly resigned last month, after the website Gawker published an item reporting he corresponded with a woman who posted a Craigslist ad and Lee allegedly sent her a bare-chested photo of himself. Lee, who is married and has a son, was first elected to Congress in 2008. He won re-election last November.
Following Lee's resignation, the Erie County GOP endorsed New York State Assembly member Jane Corwin, a former businesswoman.
Democrats have yet to announce support for a candidate.
New York's 26th district is in the western part of the state, which includes suburbs of both Buffalo and Rochester.