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NIAGARA GOP CHIEF BACKS LONDON FOR GOVERNOR

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Herb London picked up his most significant Western New York endorsement to date Wednesday when Niagara County Republican Chairman Floyd D. Snyder announced his support.

Snyder said he is backing London, but would not speculate as to how the rest of his committee will vote.

"I'll just leave it as is until we meet -- probably within the next two weeks," he said.

London's 1990 run for governor, in which he captured over 20 percent of the vote as the Conservative candidate, postures him as a strong candidate for 1994 against Gov. Cuomo, Snyder said.

"He came awfully close (to beating the Republican candidate) the last time," Snyder said. "With a little help, I think we can put him over the top."

Snyder's support for London puts him in league with the chairmen of two other Western New York counties -- Monroe and Chautauqua -- as members of the London camp. The Niagara vote constitutes about 1.5 percent of the weighted vote at next months's GOP state convention in New York.

His announcement also opposes the stand taken by Erie County Republican Chairman Thomas M. Reynolds, who is adamant about remaining neutral for as long as possible.

Reynolds says he continues to welcome "any and all" candidates to Erie County, though he is closely allied with Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato and state GOP Chairman William D. Powers -- two powerful backers of state Sen. George E. Pataki's gubernatorial candidacy.

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