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Environmentalist Adrienne Esposito, who is weighing a run for State Senate, was honored last week by the region’s largest labor group, the Long Island Federation of Labor, at its annual reception attended by 450 at the Long Island Hilton in Melville.

“It was just a coincidence,” said Roger Clayman, the group’s executive director, saying, “We decided on her before we knew she was even considering a run.”

Clayman said Esposito, executive director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, “has proven to be a very good ally” for her backing of sewers to protect the region’s water supply and provide jobs for the local construction industry.

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Esposito is also lined up to be honored this Saturday by the Long Island Progressive Coalition, a grassroots activist group, at Timber Point Country Club in Great River.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), chairman of the Senate Democrats’ campaign committee, who’s been trying to recruit Esposito, said it shows widespread support for the Patchogue resident. “We’re excited about her prospects and are encouraged about the chances of her joining us.”

Republicans have already named Conservative Islip town board member Anthony Senft for the race to fill GOP state Sen. Lee Zeldin’s (R-Shirley) 3rd District State Senate seat.