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Keith Wright drops candidacy, endorses Carl Heastie for Assembly speaker.
Text of press release.

For Immediate Release
January 28th, 2015

Emma Forbes

"I feel honored to have received the backing of many colleagues who have supported my candidacy to become Speaker of the Assembly of the State of New York. However, after thoughtful consideration, I have decided not to run for this office and instead to give my full endorsement to my friend and colleague, Assemblyman Carl Heastie, who I believe will lead our chamber back to the task of addressing the important and pressing needs of the citizens of this state.

Throughout my time of service in this Assembly, I have come to know Carl as an exceptionally effective legislator. He leads by building consensus, listening to good ideas and serving all New Yorkers. As our chamber's next Speaker, Carl Heastie will re-energize our institution by ushering in the bold reforms we need to make our role in government more transparent and more accountable to the voters.

Today, in this moment of crisis, we have a tremendous opportunity to make our Assembly more vital and inclusive for all of its members. I am committed to working with Carl and with all my colleagues from across New York to restore the voters trust in this institution and to ensure that the people’s work is done"- Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright