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Former state assemblyman Dean Murray became the first person Monday to say he’s interested in running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Lee Zeldin.
Murray, a Republican from East Patchogue, represented parts of Suffolk County’s south shore in the Assembly from 2010-12 before losing last year to Assemb. Edward Hennessey (D-East Moriches). Murray said he’d been gearing up for an Assembly rematch until Zeldin announced he was leaving the state Senate to challenge U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton).
“My focus had been on a return to the Assembly, but this obviously changes things a bit,” Murray said.
He said he’ll soon talk to Senate and Republican leaders about his interest.
“This type of opportunity doesn’t come around often and I think I could be a good fit,” Murray said.