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Nassau County Surrogate John Riordan, a Democrat, says he is running for re-election to another 10-year term this fall.

That should dampen Republican hopes for an easier shot at taking back the judgeship  position, where the surrogate oversees multimillion-dollar estate battles and doles out lucrative fees to the lawyers who fight them.

“I’m running for re-election,” Riordan told Newsday Thursday, the day before his 67th birthday, as rumors swirled that Riordan would retire and Republican Town Supervisor Kate Murray was considering a race for what would then be a post without an incumbent..

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The long-simmering Murray rumor came roaring back this week when Murray was pictured on a flier that Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano sent out to 116,000 households countywide recently. The flier had a prominent photo of Mangano and Murray talking to local residents about recent storm damage.

“They’re pushing her for surrogate and this is just the first step in getting her out there,” one Democratic operative said. “She already does mailings all the time within the town; now they’re upping her profile.”

Murray spokesman Mike Deery issued a flat denial, saying she was not interesting in seeking, running for, accepting appointment to, or in any other way imaginable become a judge.

Riordan, elected in 2000, was the first Democratic surrogate in Nassau County since 1916, and Republicans have talking openly about getting the position back after recapturing control of the county legislature and the county executive post in last fall’s election.