Tom Ognibene formally declared a truce with his erstwhile 30th CD special election opponent and fellow Republican, Councilman Anthony Como, and said he will not run against Como in the general election this fall.
"I am not going to run in the fall, I think it would do too much damage to the Republican Party," Ognibene said in an interview after Como's office announced the Republican truce in a press release.
The June 30th CD special election coincided with the first day for circulating petitions. Some candidates - including Ognibene - were already out in the field collecting names for a potential run in November. But Ognibene said he has instructed his volunteers to pull his petitions back.
Democrat Elizabeth Crowley's name is also on petitions being carried by the Queens Democratic organization.
In her concession to Como, Crowley pledged to "continue to speak out on the issues that matter to the families of my community." She did not rule out another run this fall when turnout will be significantly higher.
The petition period ends July 10 and candidates have until July 14 to decline, enabling committees to fill vacancies to select replacements.
The independent petitioning period starts July 8. Candidates must collect signatures from 5 percent of the number of voters in the district who cast ballots in the last gubernatorial election or 2,700 people - whichever is less.