Ognibene out of Senate race

By Sarina Trangle

Former City Councilman Thomas Ognibene filed paperwork declining to run on the Republican and Conservative tickets for state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr.’s (D-Hoard Beach) seat, the city Board of Elections said.

Ognibene could not be reached for comment.

He previously said his decision to run for the 15th Senate District, which encompasses most of the Rockaway Peninsula, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens, hinged on how much money Senate Republicans could contribute to his campaign.

It is unclear whether the GOP or Conservative parties will file paperwork to fill the vacancies left by Ognibene with another candidate.

Reach reporter Sarina Trangle at 718-260-4546 or by e-mail at strangle@cnglocal.com.