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Sen. John Bonacic announces retirement

Apr 30, 2018 5:00 am

Jimmy Vielkind is reporting for Politico New York state Sen. John Bonacic announced April 27, he will not seek reelection this year, the second Republican in less than a week to make that decision. Sen. Kathy Marchione of Saratoga announced her retirement just two days prior. Bonacic was first elected to the Senate in 1998 after serving in the Assembly and local offices in Orange County since 1973. “The 20 years I have spent in the Senate have been rewarding both personally and professionally, despite the frustrations that all of us experience in any career,” Bonacic said in a statement. “Twenty years, though, is enough....” Democrats said the retirements were a sign of their momentum in the state. “Clearly the Republicans see the writing on the wall,” said Mike Murphy, a spokesman for the Senate Democratic conference. “Democrats have gained 10 seats in two weeks, while three Senate Republicans have abandoned ship in just three days. And I am sure there are more to come.” Read the full story at Politico New York.