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Premature speculation on Clinton seat, NY Reps say

WASHINGTON (AP) - As expectations continue to rise that Hillary Clinton will leave her Senate seat to become Barack Obama's
Secretary of State, a trio of New Yorkers are tight-lipped about their chances to succeed her.

They are representatives Brian Higgins of Buffalo, Kirsten Gillibrand of Hudson, and Nita Lowey of Harrison. If Clinton does leave, Governor Paterson will appoint a successor who will hold her Senate seat until 2010, when a special election would be held.

Other names that have been bandied about in recent days include
Brooklyn Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Also, Long Island's Tom Suozzi or Representative Steve Israel, and New York City's Carolyn Maloney or Jerrold Nadler.

Some upstate politicians who want to see more representation of
their region are pushing Higgins, though he has only served two
terms in Congress.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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