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Feisty NY Democrat Rep. Gary Ackerman retiring
NY Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman, feisty scolder of bankers and regulators, to leave office
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Longtime U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, a feisty Democrat known as much for scolding bankers and regulators as he was for his personal quirks like living in a houseboat in Washington, D.C., is retiring.

Ackerman, who has represented diverse communities in Queens and part of Long Island for over three decades, announced Thursday that he would be leaving office after 15 terms.

In 2009, during a hearing to assess the multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme orchestrated by disgraced Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff, he lambasted officials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission when he perceived that he was not getting answers to his questions.

He is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and has been outspoken on global issues, including U.S. support for Israel.

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