Mortimer Zuckerman Announces He Will Not Run for the Senate


mortimer-zuckermanThe field in the battle for a New York Senate seat became a little clearer Tuesday when Mortimer B. Zuckerman announced he would not join the race. Mr. Zuckerman, chairman and publisher of the NY Daily News, said personal and professional reasons were behind his decision not to challenge Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

“I was encouraged by many major political figures in New York to look closely at running for Senate,” Mr. Zuckerman said.

“However, at this time, it is very difficult to see how I can devote the necessary time to either a campaign, or to working in Washington, if I were to win.”

Mr. Zuckerman pointed out that he has a young family, which is the most important focus in his life.

In addition, he has assumed the position of CEO of Boston Properties Inc., the real estate company he co-founded with Ed Linde, who recently passed away.

“Ed and I were partners for more than 45 years, and with him no longer a part of our company, I owe it to all the loyal people who have worked with me for so many years to contribute to our continuing success,” he said.

Mr. Zuckerman added that he had been extremely flattered that a possible run for Senate had brought widespread, bipartisan support from many corners of the state.

“I believe that there is a great deal that needs to be achieved in Washington, not only on behalf of the people of New York, but in trying to break some of the paralyzing deadlock that has gripped the political decision-making process,” he said.

“However, it demands unhindered attention, which I am unable to give at this time.”

{NY Daily News/Noam Newscenter}