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-- twenty years ago.
I stood in this very same room here at the council Centre.
And ask my neighbors for their help to take a chance on me.
-- electing -- to the City Council.
Then -- seven years later I asked those same people to join with people in Queens in sending me to congress.
There is no higher honor in a democracy.
Then being sent by your neighbors to represent them in the United States House of Representatives.
It is particularly humbling to represent this district.
Because the communities and families of the ninth congressional district.
Our hard working.
Your opinion -- They are authentic.
I have never forgotten my neighbors.
Because they represent the same middle class story is mind.
I went to public school my whole life.
My mother was a school teacher for 32 years my father went to law school on the GI bill.
The middle class story of New York is my story.
And I'm very proud of that.
I'm here today to again apologize.
For the personal mistakes I have made.
And the embarrassment I have caused.
I make this apology to my neighbors and my constituents.
But I make it particularly.
To my wife -- I hope to be able to continue to work -- the citizens of my district.
Elected me to do.
To fight for the middle class and those struggling to make it.
Unfortunately the distractions that I have created.
Has made that impossible.
So today I'm announcing my resignation from congress.
So my colleagues can get back to work.
My neighbors can choose a new represented it.
And most importantly that my wife and I can't continue.
He -- the damage I have far.
To repeat most importantly.
Most importantly so that I can continue to healed from the damage that I have cause.
I want to thank my colleagues in the House of Representatives.
Democrats and Republicans alike.
They come from different places around the country but fundamentally.
We all agree they're all patriots.
-- -- Thank you -- also want to express my gratitude.
The members of my -- -- young people who are not paid very much.
They're people that worked very hard and very long hours.
-- ultimately those people define the notion of service.
I want to thank of course the many people who have helped me.
The people who have volunteered the people have given me advice that many of my constituents who have offered me good ideas.
And of course I want to express my gratitude to my family.
My mother and father who instilled in me the values they carried me this far to my brother Jason.
And of course to my wife -- who stood with me this entire difficult period and to whom -- -- so very much.
I got into politics to help give voice to the many who simply did not happen.
Now -- looking for other ways to contribute my talents to make sure that we live up to that most new York and American of ideals.
The idea that leaving a family.
And ultimately a country.
Is the one thing that all -- The one thing we're all focused -- With God's help and with hard work we will all be successful.
Thank you and good afternoon.
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