The City Council's Finance Committee chairman says he's decided not to run for city comptroller so he can devote himself to helping his heavily damaged Brooklyn district recover from Superstorm Sandy.
Councilman Domenic Recchia Jr. announced his decision Tuesday. He says his "energy, focus and heart" are in Brooklyn.
His decision comes about two weeks after Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer changed the dynamics of next year's comptroller's race by entering it. Stringer had been mulling a run for mayor.
Democratic Councilman Daniel Garodnick has since also dropped out of the comptroller's race. He and Recchia have endorsed Stringer. He's a longtime former state Assemblyman.
Current Comptroller John Liu is expected to run for mayor.
Recchia is term-limited next year. He says he's considering his future options.