Longtime Democratic state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (25th District) on Saturday announced her plans to retire from the chamber at the end of the year.
Montgomery joins a growing list of incumbents, most Republicans, who do not plan to seek re-election this year.
Montgomery was praised as a trailblazer in Albany. She was first elected in 1984 and was the first woman to give birth while in the state Senate.
“Senator Velmanette Montgomery has been a personal inspiration to me, and to thousands of New York women. First elected to the Senate in 1984, she has served with distinction and has truly become a Senate institution," said Senate Majority Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
"She has been a leader on so many issues, but has shined as a passionate advocate for the children and families of this great state. I look forward to her service for the remainder of the 2020 Legislative Session, and wish her the best of luck on her well-earned retirement.”
Democratic Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright is running for the Brooklyn-area Senate district Montgomery is vacating.