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Photo with Levy to cost a grand at fete

Chairman of the Republican committee, John Jay LaValle,

Chairman of the Republican committee, John Jay LaValle, on election night in Holtsville. (Nov. 3, 2009) Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein, 2009

Want to have a picture taken with “Gov.” Steve Levy?

It will cost you $1,000, according to the solicitation just sent out for the $500 a head Steve Levy fundraiser Feb. 22 to fuel his gubernatorial aspirations.

The “salute” to Levy is billed as a “New Year, New Decade...New-New York” also offers gold sponsorship for $15,000, Silver for 410,000 and Bronze for $5,000. If you want to be “Friend of Levy” who get two tickets for $2,500. Dan Aug. Levy spokesman said, its “common place...to give contributors options.”

Even after former Rep. Rick Lazio Friday tied up four more county leaders giving him 55 percent of the convention vote -- and added to that this morning -- Rene Babich, Levy’s campaign spokeswoman, said “he’s not given up hope” on his gubernatorial bid on either Republican or Demcoratic lines.

John Jay LaValle, Suffolk GOP chairman (in photo that did NOT cost us $1,000) suggested that Levy aim for a lower spot on the GOP ticket as state comptroller, a job now held by Levy’s former Assembly colleague Thomas DiNapoli. “I think his resume is tailored to that kind of race,” he said.

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