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Surviving Exec. Levy sounds like gov. hopeful, yet won't rate chances

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy sounded very much like a gubernatorial wannabe and said he is still mulling whether to seek a place on next year’s statewide ticket.

“It’s a job that definitely intrigues me and I think I have the skill set for it,” said Levy, in a year-end interview adding he is also eying other statewide offices as well. “I wouldn’t say its likely, but I wouldn’t say its unlikely,” adding, “In this business timing is everything.”

The comments are Levy’s first since his chief Long Island rival, lame duck Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, lost re-election last month. He downplayed the signficance of Suozzi’s exit, saying, his candidacy “would never be based on who the other people are.”

Levy, who early in the year held some exploratory meetings, said he plans more in coming weeks saying a decision must come within a month or two. Levy left it to others to rate his chances, but added, “I’ve been underrated many times before.”

However Democrat Levy, at odds with many in his own party over his hardline immigration stand, said it is “unlikely” he would switch parties to run, despite persistent speciulation. “I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he said.

The county executive also said he does not expect Legis. Jon Cooper (D-Lloyd Harbor) to launch a run for U.S. Senate. ”I don’t think its going to happen,” he said.

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