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Suffolk Legis. Jon Cooper (D-Lloyd Harbor) will announce at 1:30 p.m. today that he will not challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, according to people familiar with Cooper's decision.

Cooper, 54, launched an exploratory committee in the spring to prepare for a primary race against Gillibrand, who Gov. David A. Paterson appointed in January to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Cooper, who raised only $50,000 in the third quarter, declined to comment this morning. He said in October that he was shunning fundraisers until he decided

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"We shall see," he said. "You'll have to come to the press conference." 

Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) and Peter King (R-Seaford) have each backed off challenging Gillibrand after showing interest.