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Town GOP leaders in running for OTB plum

Two town Republican chairs are among the leading contenders to succeed retiring $150,000-a-year Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp. Vice President Marietta Seaman, according to party sources.

Tony Pancella, Babylon chairman, and Nancy Reyer, Riverhead chair, who now works at OTB, are interested, as is Russell Kratoville, OTB's deputy comptroller.

John Jay LaValle, county chairman, said he expects to hold a meeting with town leaders this week to discuss the patronage plum. But he had not yet set a specific date as of late last week.

Some insiders see Pancella as the likely successor. While his local party has been out of power for years, Pancella, the early frontrunner for the town GOP leader last fall, stepped aside for LaValle to take the helm.

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