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Murray interested in running for Zeldin's Senate seat
Former state assemblyman Dean Murray became the first person Monday to say he’s interested in running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Lee Zeldin.
Murray, a Republican from East Patchogue, represented parts of Suffolk County’s south shore in the Assembly from 2010-12 before losing last year to Assemb. Edward Hennessey (D-East Moriches). Murray said he’d been gearing up for an Assembly rematch until Zeldin announced he was leaving the state Senate to challenge U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton).
“My focus had been on a return to the Assembly, but this obviously changes things a bit,” Murray said.
He said he’ll soon talk to Senate and Republican leaders about his interest.
“This type of opportunity doesn’t come around often and I think I could be a good fit,” Murray said.