Rockland Executive Day takes name out of running for Lowey's seat

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Rockland County Executive Ed Day says he's taking his name out of the running for the 17th Congressional District seat to replace retiring Rep. Nita Lowey.

“My sole focus is on the future of Rockland County and what is best for our residents," Day said in a statement. "I pledged to our citizens that I would not rest until I brought this county back from its near fiscal collapse in 2014 to the renaissance we are still working towards through strict budgeting and smart compromises. I am committed to Rockland’s future.”

It comes after Day says there have been suggestions through comments, messages and a poll that he consider serving in Congress.

As News 12 has reported, Lowey announced earlier this month that she won't seek re-election in 2020. The 16-term congresswoman, who chairs the powerful House Appropriations Committee, has represented the people of Westchester, Rockland, Queens and the Bronx for the past 31 years.

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