A mainstay in New York State Assembly is going to retire.
Barbara Lifton announced that she would retire, and not seek another term on Friday. The announcement was an emotional one for Lifton, who has represented the 125th District for nine terms.
“It is with more than a little sadness that I announce today that I won’t be seeking a tenth term in the state assembly this November,” Lifton said at the press conference. “Wherever I go in this two-county district people have been kind and encouraging and I appreciate it greatly important work remains, but I’ve decided the time has come for me to put down this work.”
She was first elected in 2002. The Ithaca Voice reports that the sudden retirement announcement will likely cause a scramble among local Democratic hopefuls.