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In a TV ad for his short-lived New York City mayoral run last year, Bruce Blakeman included a pitch from his “talking” pet dog. This time, he says, the pooch is “temporarily retired.”

Not so for Blakeman himself -- not yet, anyway. Before announcing his U.S. Senate candidacy yesterday in Valley Stream, Blakeman told Newsday it remains to be worked out with partners and clients what if any role he may still play in his businesses as the campaign gears up.


“We are discussing it,” Blakeman, 54, said Friday. “Basically I will still be performing some legal services for some clients,” at the Lake Success firm where he is a partner: Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Greenberg, Formato & Einiger.

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Partner Howard Fensterman, who's raised funds for such Democrats as Sen. Charles Schumer and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, will head “Democrats for Blakeman,” the candidate told supporters yesterday.

(Blakeman's bio at the firm is here. Caveat: As of today's announcement It hadn't been updated to include the fact that his service as a Port Authority commissioner ended last year).


Regarding Madison Strategies, the consulting firm he launched in 2000, Blakeman said: “I have not made a decision yet. I do anticipate that (running) will be a full-time, 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week job. We’re going… talk about it and make a decision within the next few weeks.”


Blakeman practices real estate, commercial litigation, transportation, finance, and insurance law. His consulting clients include “financial institutions, real estate development firms, service industry businesses, and other companies,” his law-firm bio states.