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Sasson drops 24th CD bid

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:03 am, Thu Jun 20, 2013.

Isaac Sasson, Democratic candidate for City Council in the 24th Council District in Queens, announced on Tuesday that he is ending his campaign for public office.

In a brief statement, the Flushing resident said will be focusing his efforts on his philanthropy and related positions in the Orthodox Jewish community.

The 72-year-old had staged something of a brief but quixotic run for the seat currently occupied by Councilman Jim Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), who will be term-limited out of office at the end of this year.

If the avid runner’s name sounds familiar, he had used his millions won through the lottery to fund runs against John Liu when he was in the City Council, as well as state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) in 2009.

Before retiring, Sasson was a cancer researcher and educator at Queens College.

Born in Syria and raised in Lebanon, he moved to the Brooklyn as a teen and served in the Army for two years.

He also worked briefly at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. But the largesse that funds his campaign comes from winning $13 million in the lottery from 2007.

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