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Tom Duane, First Out Gay New York State Senator, to Retire

New York State Senator Thomas Duane, the state's first openly gay state senator and a tireless advocate for LGBT rights, is set to announce his retirement Monday, the NYT reports:

DuaneNo, it is not his health. No, he does not have another job lined up. And no, Mr. Duane said cheerfully in an interview, he has not done anything illegal or embarrassing that is about to make news.

Instead, Mr. Duane, 57, said that he had simply tired of ricocheting between the city and Albany, as he has for 14 years — a number he repeated at least a dozen times — and that he was eager to try something new.

“It’s not that Albany isn’t a lovely place, but it’s not home,” he said. “I always knew that I was going to have another chapter in my life, and it’s time for me to start that new chapter.”

Mr. Duane, who was a pivotal figure during the recent battle over same-sex marriage, said that he had only begun to think seriously about retiring a few weeks ago, around the time that he and his longtime partner, Louis Webre, attended the wedding of Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker and his former chief of staff, and Kim M. Catullo.

Duane says he has no plans to run for office again.

Who could replace him?

The shortlist could include State Assembly members Deborah J. Glick and Brian Kavanaugh. Other possibilities are Brad Hoylman and Corey Johnson, the chairmen of Community Boards 2 and 4.

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  1. Incidental though this comment may be, these down-state politicians travel to Albany in chauffer driven black town cars at 90-100 mph. They fly past the rest of the traffic on the NYS Thruway, and the state police never stop them.

    They rush to Albany so they can avoid passing a state budget or passing any legistlation of significance.

    Posted by: David | Jun 4, 2012 11:16:07 AM


  2. I'm sure Tom Duane is laughing out loud at the thought of having a chauffeur-driven limo speeding him to Albany! That's hardly the case with him, at least. And I know from speaking with him personally how he shares all our frustrations at Albany's embedded culture of dysfunction. I've always found him to be one of the more down-to-earth Albany politicos. Well done, Tom. Onward.

    Posted by: Micklest | Jun 4, 2012 11:57:43 AM


  3. Considering State Legislators in NY make $79,000 annually (to maintain both their residence in NYC and whatever accomodations they have in Albany, not to mention paying for a car and the insurance on the car - in NYC), and have very limited resources for staff, you won't find them with drivers, government cars or chauffeurs. They usually drive up with staff or other elected officials, splitting the gas costs and trying to economize.

    The budget in Albany gets adopted (sometimes late), but always adopted.

    Maybe some statewide officials or statewide commissioners have cars with drivers. County executives and DAs also have these drivers.

    Posted by: Dirk | Jun 4, 2012 7:05:51 PM


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