From the Queens Courier:
Former assemblymember Barry Grodenchik has ended his borough president bid less than a day after being beat for a key county endorsement.
“The next borough president must focus like a laser on jobs, education, healthcare, economic development and Sandy recovery,” Grodenchik said. “I am proud to have brought those issues to the forefront of the debate. But at this time, I believe that it is in the best interest of my family, team and party to end my candidacy.”
Grodenchik, 53, served as deputy borough president from 2009 to earlier this year, when he stepped down in order to run for BP.
The Queens County Democratic Party endorsed his rival, Melinda Katz, on Monday.
Sources close to the race said the endorsement, coupled with Grodenchik’s exit, was meant to give Katz a much-needed boost over front-runner Peter Vallone Jr. The councilmember leads the race both in polls and in fundraising.