From the Morning Memo:

When state Sen. Marc Panepinto, a Buffalo Democrat, announced he wouldn’t seek a second term in office, concern about potential restrictions to outside income was among a handful of reasons he said contributed to his decision.

Based on a letter Panepinto is sending to people who have contributed to his campaign in his past, his law firm remains a top priority.

Capital Tonight has obtained a copy of the letter, which starts out as a thank-you note. It’s dated Nov. 10, and printed on stationary from Dolce Panepinto Attorneys at Law.

“Without your financial support and belief in me, I would not have been able to successfully run for office in 2014,” the soon-to-be former lawmaker wrote. “While in Albany, I was able to support raising the minimum wage, passing paid family leave and increasing education funding.”

Panepinto went on to say that he chose not to run for re-election for personal reasons in relation to the illness of his partner, Frank Dolce. The attorney, who stood next to Panepinto during his impromptu political retirement announcement in March, lost his battle with cancer three months later.

“Given the ugly tenor of the campaigns across the country that we just witnessed, I am very happy that I chose not to run,” Panepinto wrote.

It was the final stanza of the letter that rubbed at least one former donor, who preferred not to be named, the wrong way. Panepinto wrapped things up thusly:

“If I can ever be of assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to call. I have included my personal business card if you ever need me for any reason. Again, thank you for your faith and support in me.”

Panepinto still has a little more than a month left in his Senate term. Republican Chris Jacobs, currently the Erie County clerk, was elected this month to take over the seat the Democrat will be vacating at the end of December.

Meanwhile, we’ve yet to learn what – if anything – a reported ethics investigation involving Panepinto has turned up.

According to the senator’s July campaign disclosure report, he has spent $25,000 worth of political contributions so far on legal fees – including $15,000 to Albany firm Greenberg Traurig.