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Becker elaborates on why he's not running

Colonie Councilman has released a statement explaining the reason for him not running in this election is because he would like to focus on his family.

\Running for any office requires a huge sacrifice of time and a commitment to your fellow candidates, he said. "I need to devote this time in my life to concentrate on my children and their needs."

Becker currently has a granddaughter with another one on the way, and has two daughters that are 4-years-old and 9-years-old. It would be unfair to his children if he were to focus on the election than giving them his full effort he said.

"This decision did not come easily as I have thoroughly enjoyed my opportunity to serve on the Colonie Town Board, and I am proud of what I have accomplished there," he said. "I will sincerely miss being a member of the board and I hope to continue serving my community in any way I can now and in the future."

Managing the Town of Colonie has been a challenge, Becket said, and said if it hadn't been for the administration's efforts then the town would be "ill prepared for what we are facing."

He went on to say he supports all of the candidates running on the democratic ticket for this election and said they are all "uniquely gifted and will serve our town with honor and wisdom."

Becker also praised Colonie Democratic Committee Chairman Richard Jacobson for his support over the years.

"I would like to thank Chairman Jacobson and the members of the Colonie Democratic Committee for all their trust and support, I am proud of all their hard work and dedication," he said.

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