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WASHINGTON - New Yorkers wishing to travel to Washington to be outside the Capitol Building as Pope Francis speaks to Congress on Sept. 24 can enter a lottery for tickets being held by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), spokesman Marc Brumer said.

Her online lottery began yesterday for 100 pairs of tickets for spaces on the Capitol's west lawn, where people can watch on a large outdoor screen as the first pope ever addresses a session of Congress.

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The lottery ends Sept. 9.

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Meanwhile, some House members representing Long Island are making some of their 50 allotted tickets available.

Gillibrand is making her allotment of tickets for the pope's visit available now that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has given away his tickets in a lottery that closed last week, his press aide said. New Yorkers can enter Gillibrand's lottery online here.

People who don't use computers can enter the lottery by calling any of Gillibrand's district offices or her Washington office, Brumer said.

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Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) has distributed a dozen tickets to religious leaders and will auction off others in a lottery he'll announce Thursday.

The offices of Reps. Peter King (R-Seaford) and Steve Israel (D-Huntington) are answering requests on a first come, first served basis.

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) has asked residents and groups if they are interested in tickets but also welcomes requests while tickets last.

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Ticketholders will view the proceedings on large screens outside the Capitol. Tickets will not allow entry to the House chamber for the joint meeting of House and Senate to hear the pope, scheduled to speak at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24.