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4th S.D.: Independence line goes to Boyle

Assemb. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) got a leg up in his bid to replace veteran state Sen. Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon) on the November ballot, as the Independence Party named him as its candidate Saturday.

Frank MacKay, Suffolk and state Independence Party chairman, made known the decision to endorse Bolye after a meeting of the party's state executive committee in Albany.

"He's been an excellent public official and will make an excellent candidate who will follow Senator Johnson in serving for many years," MacKay said.

Boyle in a telephone interview thanked the minor party and its officials.

"Their support means a lot to me. I've always thought of myself as a reformer and independent legislator and I'm glad they think of me that way too," Boyle said.

Republican officials and Conservative Party officials are expected to meet before the weekend is out to determine who they are backing to take on Suffolk Legis. Ricardo Montano (D-Brentwood).

The minor party's action comes after Johnson, 83, decided not to seek re-election this year after a 40-year careeer in the State Senate.

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