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Hayes Rules Out State Senate Run

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – State Assemblyman Jim Hayes has ruled out a run for the vacant State Senate seat in the 61st District.

In a written statement released Friday, Hayes said a run for the Senate would require nearly full-time campaigning and would divert him from his responsibilities as the ranking Republican member of the Assembly's Ways and Means Committee. He said he'll seek re-election to his Assembly seat this November.

State Senator Mary Lou Rath announced on Monday that she would not run for another term.