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State Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) is endorsing John Catsimatidis for New York City mayor. How this helps the businessman's effort in the five boroughs is unclear, but there you have it. Former Gov. George Pataki is also backing Catsimatidis, who is battling for the Republican nomination with Joseph Lhota and George McDonald.

Skelos said, "Today, I am proud to endorse John Catsimatidis in the race for Mayor of New York City. When you look at his resume, his accomplishments and his commitment to its people, it becomes abundantly clear that John Catsimatidis is the candidate best qualified to be the next Mayor of New York City."

"John is a lifelong resident of New York. He was educated in its Public School system and with hard work and determination built successful businesses that have made him a leader of the city's business community. John Catsimatidis knows what it takes to create jobs; he's created tens of thousands in the private sector and will do the same as mayor.

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"In City Hall, John will fight for relief for the owners of small businesses that have been battered by high taxes and burdensome regulation, so they can grow and prosper; creating entry level jobs in all five boroughs. He'll stand up for our forgotten middle class and fight for safe streets and schools that educate. John Catsimatidis will be a mayor who can reach out to the city's vibrant immigrant communities; he understands their hopes and dreams because he's lived them. He will be a great mayor."

Catsimatidis said, "I am proud to receive Senator Skelos' kind endorsement. As mayor, I plan to work closely with him as we work to create the good paying jobs and opportunity New York City needs."