Citing a desire to spend more time with his family, most notably his grandchildren, Suffolk County Legis. Jack Eddington, D-Patchogue, will not seek re-election this fall for the seat he has held since 2006.
“I have six grandchildren and I noticed, especially in the spring and the fall, that I spend more time going to events for other people’s children and don’t get to go to my own grandchildren’s events like recitals and birthday parties,” Eddington said in an interview with Patch.
The legislator said that he has so far spent 30 years working in the community as a teacher and social worker, and now six years as a legislator. Eddington said that he is open to new avenues, but is looking forward to semi-retirement.
“As appreciative as I am for being given such a wonderful opportunity to serve on the legislature, I have reached that point in my life where it is time to turn my attention to other endeavors, perhaps give back to the community in another way, and spend more quality time with my family,” he added. “I loved being a therapist and social worker and that was my most rewarding job. I have two master degrees so I’ll see what happens.”
Rob Calarco, Eddington’s current chief of staff, has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the seat. Calarco for the 3rd State Assembly District but .
“It has been a privilege working for Leg. Eddington and it is a great honor to be given the opportunity to run for his seat in November,” Calarco said in a statement.
Eddington said that during his tenure several of his goals have been accomplished. They include the Medford Memorial Park renovation and expansion and . Eddington said that those projects still in progress include the East Main Street renovation.
The 7th legislative district includes Patchogue, East Patchogue, North Patchogue, Medford and Holtsville.