Politics

NY Democrat Massa retiring, citing health reasons

interns Contributor

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Rep. Eric Massa, a freshman Democrat from New York, says he will retire because of health reasons.

Massa told reporters of his decision on a conference call Wednesday.

He was elected in 2008, defeating Republican Rep. Randy Kuhl in a district long dominated by Republicans.

Massa was stricken with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1996. He underwent aggressive treatment and stayed on as an aide to retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark, a presidential candidate in 2004.