Assemblyman Conte Won’t Seek Re-election Citing Health Reasons
Below is a statement from Assemblyman James Conte:
As many of you know, I am a two-time kidney transplant recipient and have had my kidney for over twenty years. I have been on a regimen of immunosuppressive, anti-rejection drugs, medications which slow my immune system and over time have the side effect of causing cancer. I was diagnosed with T-cell melanoma a year and a half ago. Recently, I learned that the cancer had spread. I have been receiving intensive chemotherapy treatments at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and will continue on this course for the next several weeks.
While my health has improved over the last several days, I have realized that in order to fully recover, I must devote my full energies to regaining my strength and beating this disease. After speaking at length with my family, I have decided not to run for re-election this November. This decision was very hard for me, but after twenty-four years of dedicated public service and fighting for the people of the 10th Assembly district, I feel that it is now time to take all my energy and battle something much more personal.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my caring friends and colleagues both on Long Island and in Albany. I will miss my role as Minority Leader Pro Tempore, but will miss my “Albany Family” so much more. I want to thank my colleagues on Long Island for the many years of loving support, but especially now during this very difficult time.
I want to thank the people of the 10th Assembly District. I am humbled and honored to have served as your Assemblyman for over two decades. Thank you for your confidence in me from the beginning until now. I ask that you keep me and my family in your thoughts and prayers.
These last few weeks have been a very difficult time for my family. A diagnosis of cancer places tremendous strains on one’s family and I know I could not continue this fight without the enduring love and amazing strength of my wife, Debbie, who has been my rock for 24 years, and continues to provide me with the physical, mental and emotional strength I need every day. I want to thank my three remarkable children, Sarah, Jeffrey and Samantha. You all show me daily the reason I need to focus on beating cancer. I love you and am so very proud of you.
As my health continues to improve, I look forward to starting a new chapter in my life but will never stray far from Huntington Station and the people who have given me joy and a loving home.