Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, said today he will not run for Congress next year.
With the congressional seat now held by Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, a former aide to Eliot Spitzer, many believed Ball, in his second term, would challenge the freshman Maloney next year.
Ball said it isn’t so.
“I want to make it clear that I am focused on finishing this legislative session and delivering for my current district and not running for Congress,” Ball said in a statement.
“Indeed, while I disagree with the current congressman on most issues, we have a great working relationship and he and his office are to be applauded, for they have bent over backwards to mutually assist shared constituents,” the statement continued.
“As for my re-election in the current State Senate seat, I will make a final decision on that as the time nears.”