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Senator Michael Nozzolio will not seek re-election, requires surgery

New York State Sen. Michael Nozzolio will not seek re-election this November and will retire at the end of this year. The report comes after Nozzolio learned that he would need heart surgery. Nozzolio said in a statement, “Throughout each and every day of the past three and one half decades, I have placed my energy and heart into working as hard as possible as the elected representative for the people of the region that I love and where I live, work and always called home.”In the next few months, Nozzolio says that he will require open heart surgery to “repair and replace faulty heart valves.” It will require three to five months of recovery and recuperation time, which will mean that running for another term would be impossible.Sen. Nozzolio said of continuing at the pace he is currently at that, “The doctors also indicate that even more recuperation time would be required before I could begin to keep the normal hectic pace my schedule has always demanded. This has led me to the decision that now is the appropriate time to announce I will not seek re-election in 2016 for another term, retiring from the job I love.”He was first elected in 1992 to the 54th district and since has been elected to 17 terms in New York State Senate.In speaking to the pace he has been forced to keep he said, “My work has been extremely demanding, and I took those responsibilities very seriously every single day.” He continued pointing out that his father would be proud of the accomplishments he had been able to achieve in New York State Senate.Sen. Nozzolio said of his time in office that, "It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve the people of the Finger Lakes region that I love and where I have always called home."The Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb spoke to Josh Durso of FingerLakes1.com Monday afternoon about Sen. Nozzolio’s decision to forgo an 18th term in New York State Senate, and he said, “Really I was just as shocked as everyone was when I read the press release this morning.” He noted that Sen. Nozzolio kept this particular issue completely silent and it took everyone, including state politicians by surprise. “At this point we owe Sen. Nozzolio a big thank you for his service,” he said. Assemblyman Kolb dispelled rumors about his interest in the 54th district seat, pointing out that “Today is not the day for politics,” urging everyone to keep Senator Nozzolio in their thoughts and prayers moving forward. He echoed the loss that many others have expressed, given what Senator Nozzolio has meant to the region and New York State as a whole.Check back at FingerLakes1.com as more information becomes available and join the conversation in the comments below…

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