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Speculation that envisions Hoyt stepping up if ...

CityHallNews.com, which focuses on state and New York City politics, has published this chart showing scenarios if any one of 11 potential candidates to succeed Hillary Clinton gets appointed by Gov. Paterson.

Two scenarios have Western New York angles.

If the event Brian Higgins gets the appointment, Sam Hoyt is seen getting Higgins' Congressional seat.

In the event Byron Brown is our next senator, Hoyt is seen as succeeding Brown as mayor. (I hope Steve Piegon is sitting down as he reads this).

Brown's appointment is regarded by most as a prohibitive long shot, Higgins' less so, as he's usually one of three or four names mentioned as the most likely appointees.

Of course, who knows if Hillary is offered, or accepts, a post with the Obama administration.

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