Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-Roslyn Heights, announced Thursday evening that he will not seek reelection to the U.S. Congress. Ackerman, 69, served in Congress for 15 terms.
In a statement, Ackerman said that he believed that the proposed Congressional redistricting would have been favorable. Still, he announced he would not run in Novemeber.
“The residents of Queens and Long Island have honored me with their trust and support for the past 34 years, first as a New York State Senator, and for the past 15 terms as a Member of Congress,” Ackerman said in a statement. “I’ve been truly privileged to have had the opportunity to fight for the beliefs of my neighbors in both the State Capital and in the halls of Congress. During my years in Congress, it has been my pleasure to address the needs of thousands of individual constituents and to influence domestic and global policy while serving on the Financial and Foreign Affairs Committees in the House. I am most thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to serve my country and my community.”
Ackerman stated that he plans to remain involved in local and global issues as a private citizen.
His term of office will end on Jan. 2, 2013.