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A campaign by New York Republicans to persuade the White House to retain James L. Emery, formerly of Geneseo, as administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway has failed.

Emery said Tuesday President Bush has declined to reappoint him for a seven-year term.

Emery was appointed in 1983 by President Reagan. Emery had been minority leader of the State Assembly. Among those being considered as Emery's successor are Rep. Stan Parris, R-Va., who was defeated for re-election last month, and James Hartung, port director at Burns Harbor, Ind.

A spokesman for Rep. Parris said speculation about his getting the Seaway job is "very premature."

A letter sent to Bush last May by the state's Republican House members noted Emery's efforts with the financially-pressed Seaway have been praised by the Journal of Commerce, the International Association of Great Lakes Ports, and the Great Lakes Commission.

Although Bush was sent word he won't reappoint Emery, he is staying on the job as acting administrator until his successor is confirmed by the Senate.

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