Sen. Tom Duane Steps Down; Won't seek Re-election
New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane announced today that he is stepping down and will not seek re-election this year. This came as a surprise and shock to the New York political world inasmuch as the designating petitions for his re-election to his State Senate District (formerly the 29th; now the 27th) had been printed [petitioning begins this week].
Duane told David Chen of the N.Y. Times that he was just tired of the Albany commute and had no plans to run for elective office again. Duane was elected to the State Senate in 1998. Before that he was a member of the N.Y.C. Council.