Democratic state committee member Matthew Silverstein dropped out of the race for his party’s nomination in the 19th Council District race last weekend.
Silverstein, a resident of Bay Terrace, was seeking the Democratic nod to take on Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone).
In a letter to supporters, Silverstein said he is leaving the race due to personal issues, including the recent death of his mother from cancer.
“My mom was an amazing woman who wanted me to continue fighting for the issues I care about,” he wrote. “However, after consulting with my friends and family, I have decided to suspend my campaign.”
Silverstein said he has not yet decided whom, if anyone, to endorse. The other candidates for the Democratic nomination include lawyer Paul Vallone, Austin Shafran, a former aide to Gov. Cuomo, urban planner Paul Graziano and former Assemblyman John Duane.
Silverstein ran for the state Assembly in 2010 to succeed Ann Margaret Carrozza, but exited that race early as well. Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) eventually emerged victorious in that campaign.