Freshman lawmaker not seeking re-election

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Legislator Ben Geller
(Mid-Hudson News file photo)

HYDE PARK – Republican County Legislator Ben Geller has announced that he will not seek re-election to his position in November.

Geller says his decision will allow him to “serve in other capacities and benefit our community in a greater scale.”  The Hyde Park legislator did not elaborate on the scope of those pursuits.

“This is certainly not goodbye as I will serve out the rest of my term giving our community 150 percent as I have always given,” the District 4 representative said.

Dutchess County Republican Committee Chairman Michael McCormack addressed Geller’s decision with Mid-Hudson News. “Legislator Geller has been a very good representative for his Dutchess County Legislature District based in Hyde Park and it is a sad day that he is not seeking re-election.”

McCormack indicated that he had communicated with Geller regarding the decision.  “In speaking with Ben it was a personal decision based on new opportunities in his life and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

“We will miss Legislator Geller,” said County Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver.  Calling him a “champion of public health initiatives and issues facing first responders,” Pulver added, “He works hard to represent his constituents.”