Senate Mental Health Chair announces bid for Congress – Albany Times Union

Senator David Carlucci, the State Senate Mental Hygiene Committee Chair, has announced that he will be running for Nita Lowey’s seat in Congress. If he wins that seat, we will have a new Mental Hygiene Chairperson in the Senate. See the article below from the Times Union.


Carlucci Makes Congressional Bid Official

By Cayla Harris on October 21, 2019 at 11:16 AM

It’s confirmed: State Sen. David Carlucci, D-Rockland, will take a shot at outgoing Rep. Nita Lowey’s congressional seat.

Carlucci, 38, made an expected announcement Monday that he is launching a bid to represent New York’s 17th congressional district, which includes all of Rockland County and parts of Westchester County. Reports began surfacing Wednesday that the state senator would officially declare his run at the top of this week, which Carlucci confirmed to The Journal News Monday morning.

“I think I’m the candidate aligned with the times,” Carlucci said. “I’ve been able to show that I have the experience, work ethic, energy to get the job done. For me, public service isn’t just a job or career: it’s my life.”

Several state lawmakers have been considering a run for Congress after Lowey announced her retirement earlier this month. Assemblyman David Buchwald, a Westchester County Democrat, formalized his bid a week ago, and more are expected to announce.

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, who many expected to throw her hat in the race, said last week on “The View” that she will not chase the vacancy. The Journal News reports that Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, both Westchester County Democrats, are also considering a run.

Meanwhile, former Westchester County attorney Mondaire Jones has been campaigning for the seat since July. He would have been Lowey’s first primary challenger since the congresswoman was elected to her first term in 1988.

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