The New York State Senate on Monday approved the resignation of a Democrat who used her personal email for government business while in office.
Senator Barbara Madigan (D-Manhattan) resigned after being charged with a felony count of violating federal law, according to a news release from the state Senate.
She was the first member of the Legislature to resign in recent years.
The Associated Press previously reported that Madigan used a personal email address to conduct business with her fellow senators, which she used for business-related emails while she was a senator.
State law allows a senator to use their own email for all official business and the emails they sent and received were not classified.
Madigan’s email was not marked classified, which could not be determined.
She did not respond to requests for comment.
The charges stem from an investigation into whether Madigan improperly used her email for work and personal purposes during her tenure in the state senate, which ended in 2019.
In January 2018, Madigan resigned her seat to run for mayor of Manhattan.
She has been accused of misusing her Senate time to campaign for candidates who supported the New York City Police Department and for personal use of her Senate email account.