State Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo announced on Facebook Friday that after this term, he will no longer represent the South Bronx in Albany.
Crespo’s district, State Assembly District 85, covers Longwood, Hunts Point, Soundview and Clason Point.
In his statement, Crespo indicated that he will seek employment in the private sector.
Crespo, 39, is the second high-profile Bronx politician to announce he would be leaving office at the end of the year. Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. shocked the Bronx last month when he announced that he will retire from politics when his term ends this year, unexpectedly ending a run for mayor.
Crespo got his start in politics working in Diaz Jr’s office when Diaz himself served in the state Assembly, occupying the seat Crespo now holds.
“When I first interned in the NYS Assembly for then Assembly Member Ruben Diaz, Jr., I could never have imagined what doors would open,” he said in his announcement.
Both Diaz and Crespo held their current seats for 10 years before deciding to leave office to work outside of government. Diaz was sworn in as borough president the same year Crespo became an assemblyman, in 2009.
Crespo, who also serves as chair of the Bronx Democratic Committee, gave no indication of whether he intends to give up that position as well, or how involved he plans to be with ongoing 2020 campaigns. He had been rumored to be a likely choice of borough Democrats to replace Diaz as borough president after Diaz first announced his intent to run for mayor.
The announcement comes as races for office across the Bronx are beginning to heat up, most notably a race for the 15th Congressional District, which includes the section of the borough that sits in Crespo’s Assembly district.
The first time that the 15th Congressional District has been open in nearly a generation, the race currently has 14 Democratic candidates vying for the nomination.
Crespo will be leaving behind a district that is undergoing immense changes for the residents of Hunts Point and Longwood. He helped push Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allocate $75 million for a redesign of the Sheridan Expressway, heeding the demands of advocates and residents who wanted connections created for pedestrians and bikers to the Bronx River waterfront.
But some in the community argue that elected officials have ignored the will of residents, who for years urged the state to demolish the Sheridan to make way for affordable housing and more green space.
In addition, community groups criticized the $1.8 billion project the Sheridan redesign is part of, when the state unveiled plans to build access ramps to the Bruckner Expressway on Edgewater Road. They contend that plan will introduce more traffic and pollution in an area that features a waterfront pocket park, the educational nonprofit Rocking the Boat and numerous apartment buildings.