Democratic Sen. Ruben Diaz on Tuesday announced he will run for the New York City Council, making him the latest in a string of Albany lawmakers looking for work that is closer to home and with better pay.

“I enter into this new endeavor praying and hoping: that God will provide me with health and fortitude; that the residents of the 18th City Council District will place their trust in me; and that my friends and followers both inside and outside of the 18th City Council District will give me their support and contributions, not only spiritual, but physical, emotional, political and financial,” Diaz said.

Diaz is one of the more socially conservative members of the state Senate and is the father of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., who is close with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and rumored to be a potential mayoral candidate.

In his statement, the elder Diaz touted his legislative work and the effort in Albany on behalf of his Senate district.

For that reason, and because of the multitude of community projects that I have been responsible for, such as: construction of low-income housing; repair of train stations; re-pavement of streets; Implementation of charter schools; services for senior citizens, immigrants, non-medallion taxi car drivers, and many more initiatives, I believe that the residents of the 32nd Senatorial District in Bronx County have been well represented during the past 15 years,” he said.

Earlier this year, Democrat Bill Perkins left his Senate seat after securing a seat on the city Council, which is increasingly stocked with former members of the Assembly and Senate.