Despite circulating petitions earlier this month with his name as a candidate for state Senate, ex-Councilman Tom Ognibene will not run, GOP sources say.
Ognibene, of Middle Village, was listed on Republican petitions as a candidate for the seat now occupied by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach).
A GOP source said attorney Ken Sullivan will instead be the Republican candidate for the seat, and Ognibene’s declining the Republican nomination was reported by Capital Tonight on Tuesday evening.
Ognibene last ran for his old seat in 2009, losing to Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), and in 2010 ran on a ticket with Carl Paladino, but in a fluke lost the nomination for lieutenant governor.
Addabbo was first elected in 2008, defeating incumbent Sen. Serphin Maltese. The district, which stretched from Howard Beach to Sunnyside, was made more Republican in redistricting with the addition of the Rockaways and Kew Gardens Hills. Addabbo defeated Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) in 2012 by double digits.