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Leroy Comrie out of Queens borough president race

Three Democrats left in primary

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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013 9:42 am | Updated: 3:14 pm, Thu Jul 18, 2013.

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) announced on Saturday that he is dropping out of the race for Queens borough president.

The move leaves Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and former Councilwoman and Assemblywoman Melinda Katz of Forest Hills in the running for the Democratic nomination.

The winner will face Republican Tony Arcabascio of Astoria, a technology executive, in November. Also running is Socialist Seth Galinsky of Ozone Park.

Comrie, who did not immediately say who he is endorsing for the office, issued the following statement to the media:

“Today I am announcing that I will not continue my campaign for Queens Borough President.

“After careful consideration, my family and I believe, due to personal matters, this is the best course of action.

“I remain steadfast in my faith and belief in government and it is a true honor to continue to serve the people of Southeast Queens in my capacity as councilman.

“Queens is one of the greatest boroughs in our city, and I am thankful to everyone for the opportunity to showcase my platform for inclusion and empowerment and express my passion for the borough that was afforded me in this race. I am looking forward to serving the people of Queens — in one capacity or another — for a long time to come.

“I want to thank the many supporters who expressed to me their belief that I could be a great borough president and I cannot express my gratitude enough for the efforts they have made on my behalf.”

The primary is Sept. 10 and Election Day is Nov. 5. Sitting Borough President Helen Marshall will step down at the end of the year.

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