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With GOP chances looking brighter these days, Nassau's former Republican Presiding Supervisor Bruce Blakeman will announce on Sunday his plans to challenge New York's junior Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand, according to Donald Steinert, who heads Veterans for Blakeman.

Blakeman, an attorney who now lives in Manhattan, will make the announcement at the American Legion Hall on Roosevelt  Avenue in Valley Stream at noon, Steinert said.

With Blakeman's experience as a Port Authority commissioner, Steinert said he has insight into homeland security issues. "That is the most important issue of this campaign, " Steinert said.

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Blakeman served as head of the Nassau legislature until Democrats took control a decade ago. But with the economy faltering under a Democratic president, a Democratic state governor and a Democratic county government,  Blakeman apparently sees an opening against the new Democratic senator, who was appointed by Gov. David Paterson to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. 

 After all,  Republicans in November regained control of the Nassau legislature while Republican Edward Mangano won the Nassau County executive's race and Republican George Maragos took the comptroller's seat.