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Comrie Drops Queens Boro Prez Campaign


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Photo courtesy of NYC Council/William Alatriste.

Citing “personal reasons," City Councilmen Leroy Comrie announced his withdrawal from the Queens Borough President race Saturday.

“Today I am announcing that I will not continue my campaign for Queens Borough President," he wrote in a press release. “I am looking forward to serving the people of Queens—in one capacity or another—for a long time to come."

It’s unclear, however, just what capacity that may be for the term-limited Council member. Comrie’s bid for borough president was an uphill one, especially after losing the Queens Democratic Party endorsement to former Councilwoman Melinda Katz in May.

Comrie still managed to pick up endorsements from former mayor David Dinkins and union DC37.

Comrie’s departure from the race leaves three Democratic candidates in the Sept. 20 primary. Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., State Senator Tony Avella and former Councilwoman Melinda Katz will now vie for the Democratic nomination.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican businessman Tony Arcabascio, a technology executive.

Daniel Stein-Sayles



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