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New York Rep. LaFalce to Retire

June 26, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Rep. John J. LaFalce of New York notified fellow Democrats on Wednesday that he intends to retire at the end of the term rather than battle a longtime House colleague in a newly redrawn district.

``Engaging in a contest against other talented and honorable Democrats ... is not something I choose to do,″ LaFalce said in a notice that was distributed to Democrats.

``Instead, I choose to pursue new horizons.″ A copy of the notice was made available to The Associated Press.

LaFalce, 62, was first elected to Congress in 1974, part of the famous post-Watergate class of lawmakers.

The new redistricting plan, designed to reflect New York’s loss of two seats due to population shifts, combined LaFalce’s Buffalo-area district with that of Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter, who represents the Rochester area.

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