According to Newsday, Norris-McDonald, who's serving her second mayoral term, was contacted by Democratic officials to see if she was interested.
"I am extremely flattered to be considered for the seat," Norris-McDonald, 51, said.
Democrats who have expressed interest in the seat are Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice; the county legislature's minority leader, Kevan Abrahams; Legis. Dave Denenberg; Laura Gillen, who ran for Nassau County clerk last year; and Freeport trustee Carmen Piñeyro, Jacobs said. Potential Republican candidates include Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, and Nassau Legis. Francis X. Becker Jr. Attorney Frank Scaturro has declared his candidacy.
The 70-year old McCarthy had recently been undergoing treatment for lung cancer and cited ongoing health issues as one of the driving factors for her decision.
“I have decided not to seek re-election to the United States Congress in 2014,” McCarthy said in a statement. “I am forever grateful to my constituents for giving me the privilege of representing them in Congress for the past 18 years. As I plan for the next chapter of my life, I look forward to resuming my role as a citizen activist for the causes and principles that are so close to my heart.”
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