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Assemb. Richard Brodsky (D-Greenburgh) has some news for you: Despite being fifth in fundraising, he's in second place in the five-way Democratic primary for attorney general.

"It's very clear I'm in second place in a close race," he said at a campaign stop today in Lindenhurst. "I think we're very well-poised to win."

That might come as a surprise to Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice and state Sen. Eric Schneiderman (D-Manhattan), who have spent a good portion of the last week beating on each other.

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Brodsky put Rice first, himself second and Schneiderman third. Bronxville attorney Sean Coffey and former insurance superintendent Eric Dinallo were "far behind," Brodsky said.

Brodsky, who came to the Babylon Town Hall steps ostensibly to announce his environmental health plan, arrived with Assembs. Steven Englebright (D-Setauket) and Robert Sweeney (D-Sweeney), Brookhaven Town Clerk Patricia Eddington, two staffers and a crowd of no one else, except this reporter.

"I have good, solid support on Long Island even though there are other candidates with regional claims to the area," he said. (Wonder who that could be.) "I will contest every single vote on Long Island."

With the vast majority of Democratic primary voters still undecided in the attorney general's race, Brodsky predicted the race would be decided on the basis of the candidates' direct mail literature. He also said the race "would be decided" by upstate voters and Democrats older than 60 years old.

Perhaps to that end, Brodsky said he's hosting a concert Sunday afternoon in Westchester County with Pete Seeger and his daughter, musician Emilyn Brodsky.