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MMA critic Bob Reilly won't seek re-election

Jimmy Meng (D-Flushing), left, and Bob Reilly (D-Colonie)

Jimmy Meng (D-Flushing), left, and Bob Reilly (D-Colonie) in the New York State Assembly. (Jan. 5, 2005) Photo Credit: AP

The most vocal man against the sanctioning of mixed martial arts in New York is quieting himself.

Assemblyman Bob Reilly (D-Clifton Park) will not seek re-election to a fifth term this November, he announced Monday.

“I believe a limited term of service is integral to the concept of a citizen legislator," Reilly said in a statement. "I do not want to morph into a professional politician.”

Reilly may be most well-known on a larger scale as the lead opposition to making MMA a legal sport in New York State. While he is certainly the most vocal, he isn't the powerful voice behind the keeping the 15-year-old law against MMA on the books. That's a spot widely believed to be held by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan).

The bill to legalize and regulate MMA in New York is now in the state Senate's finance committee (Bill No. S-1707A), and there's a corresponding bill in the Assembly as well (Bill No. A04146A).

How much of an impact Reilly's decision to not go for a fifth term in November is not yet clear. Given that he'll finish his term with this summer's legislative session, expecting much movement from those in agreement with Reilly may be too much too ask.


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