BY JOE MARVILLI
U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Garden City) announced on Wednesday that she will not run for re-election this year.The 70-year old Congresswoman had struggled with health issues in recent years, undergoing treatment for lung cancer since June. While McCarthy’s district, the 4th Congressional District, is mostly based in Long Island, the redistricting process gave her a sliver of territory in Queens, specifically in Floral Park and Bellerose.
“As I started this job so many years ago, this was a whole new world for me. You’re thrown into Congress, like being a freshman in high school, they didn’t want you to know everything. It was my job to educate myself, my staff,” McCarthy said in an online video announcing her retirement. “Helping the constituents, making their lives betters, that was a whole team effort. Whether it’s the business people having problems, our hospitals, our nursing homes, those are things I’m really, really proud of.”
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