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11th A.D.: Cullinane says he'll decline nomination
Lindenhurst Village Administrator Shawn Cullinane said he will decline the Republican nomination for the 11th District seat long held by retiring Assemb. Robert Sweeney.
“I’m declining the nomination,” said Cullinane, even though GOP party officials named him at the county convention late last month. He made the decision after Democrats last week put forward Kimberly Jean-Pierre, director of the Wyandanch Community Resource Center, as their candidate.
Cullinane, 60, who has been in the village post for nearly 26 years, said he is concerned about such ongoing village projects as the restoration of the two marinas which were damaged by superstorm Sandy.
He also expressed concern that the district, where Democrats outnumber Republicans, 34,000 to 17,000, would have been “a tremendous undertaking” to overcome the numerical advantages. “It just didn’t look right,” he said.
Cullinane has run five times for elected office including several tight races where he lost by fewer than 60 votes. He has held his appointed village office almost as long as Sweeney has been an Albany lawmaker. Cullinane replaced Sweeney as village administrator.
Republicans officials could not be reached Monday night on who they will run in Cullinane’s place.