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Carl Paladino’s threat to run again for governor probably is music to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s ears.

In 2010, one of the best years for conservatives in recent memory, Paladino, the fiery Buffalo businessman, lost to Cuomo by 30 points.

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His considering a run on the Conservative Party ticket is more of a worry to Republicans who don’t want a third-party candidate siphoning votes from the right or even finishing second, thereby costing the GOP patronage posts at county election boards and other advantages.

Two Republicans have said they are considering challenging Cuomo: --Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and state Assemb. Steve McLaughlin (R-Schaghticoke).