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McGrath won't run in '12


Brian McGrath, who ran on the Democratic line for state Assembly in 2010 and was one of the finalists to run on the Democratic line for Congress in 2009, will stay on the sidelines in 2012, he said Friday.
Mr. McGrath, a practicing lawyer, has taken a job with Hogan Lovells in the firm's New York City office.
He said he will maintain his residence in Lewis County and split time between there and New York City. He'll begin work in January.
Mr. McGrath will focus on lending and finance litigation, mostly representing lenders. It's a busy business after the financial collapse.
"While it will be on the lender side, litigation doesn't have to mean it's adversarial for the parties," Mr. McGrath told me. "It's always in the best interest of lending institutions to work something out with the borrowers."
Mr. McGrath lost to Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, R-Black River, in November 2010. It was a race to replace Dede Scozzafava, a Republican who retired from the Assembly after a bruising rift with the GOP in the 2009 special election. Ms. Scozzafava endorsed a Democrat in that race, and endorsed Mr. McGrath in the 2010 race.
Mr. McGrath had been coy about whether he wanted a rematch in 2012. He remained politically active, and chided Mr. Blankenbush via paid political advertising this year. But he's bowing out of the race, bringing the number of possible opponents to Mr. Blankenbush that I know of to "zero." Redistricting, of course, could change that.
Despite taking his name out of consideration for elected office, Mr. McGrath will continue to be involved in north country politics. His nomination to the Development Authority of the North Country is pending final approval by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, he said. He would be one of four non-voting members on the powerful public authority.
His nomination to SUNY Oswego's college council is also in the works, he said.
"I hope to use those positions, when they go through the final approval process, to be an unelected advocate for the area and stay engaged in the issues I care about," Mr. McGrath said.

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