Longtime Assemblyman Weisenberg Won’t Run Again

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By Yochonon Donn –

ALBANY – Longtime state Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, a Nassau County Democrat known for his advocacy for the disabled, announced Monday he will not seek re-election this fall.

The 80-year-old Weisenberg, a former police officer, teacher and lifeguard first elected to the Assembly in 1989, has authored hundreds of bills that were enacted, including recent laws to prohibit indoor tanning under age 16 and to make texting while driving a primary traffic offense. He became assistant speaker pro tempore of the body in 2003, meaning that he chairs the chamber in the absence of Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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