Onondaga Co. Comptroller Robert Antonacci says he will not run for Congress

Onondaga County's comptroller has removed his name from consideration for next year's race for Congress in Central New York.

Robert Antonacci released a statement to the media Wednesday afternoon declaring that he will not be a candidate for the 24th Congressional District, which covers much of Central New York. In the statement, Antonacci said "I believe I can serve the people of Onondaga County far better as their Comptroller than I can as one of 435 separately-elected members of the House of Representatives."

Antonacci added "This is not a decision that I have arrived at lightly, and like many others across the country, I believe we could benefit from new blood and a fresh perspective in Washington D.C. This is a winnable seat for Republicans, but I will not be their candidate."

The seat has traded hands in recent years. Incumbent Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei defeated Ann Marie Buerkle in 2012, after losing his seat to her in 2010. Buerkle announced last month that she will not run again in 2014.