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GOP still seeks DiNapoli foe; Mychajliw not interested


By Robert J. McCarthy

   Local Republicans will gather in Williamsville Saturday as part of a series of regional forums designed to "interview" potential candidates for statewide office.

   Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive and presumptive candidate for governor, will be at VFW Post 41 in Williamsville. So will John Cahill, former secretary to Gov. George E. Pataki and a potential candidate for attorney general.

   But the GOP still has not come up with a candidate to challenge incumbent Democrat Thomas P. DiNapoli for state comptroller -- though not for lack of trying on the local level.

   Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw said state Republican Chairman Edward F. Cox reached out to gauge his interest in a statewide race -- a logical move when considering Republican Mychajliw's two impressive victories in an overwhelmingly Democratic county.

   "It's very flattering that folks on the state level feel the quality of our work should be used in Albany," Mychajliw said, but emphasized he is not interested in running for comptroller this year.

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