Flanagan to co-chair Huntington GOP fundraiser

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State Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) may not have decided whether to run for Huntington Town supervisor, but he will co-chair a $500-a-head town GOP fundraiser featuring Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) as headline speaker. The event -- $200 more per person than this week's Suffolk Democratic dinner -- is scheduled for April 25 at the Crestwood Manor, in Northport.

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Town chairwoman Toni Tepe said the event has no connection to Flanagan's pending decision. Huntington's other state senator, Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset), is the other co-chairman.

"But if people want to believe it is a big coming-out party, so be it," Tepe said. As for the ticket price, which is higher than usual, she said: "I'm shooting for the stars . . . I plan on taking the majority of the town board this year and I'll do everything I possibly can to make sure the right pieces are in place to ensure success."-- Rick Brand

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