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Vacco backs Long bid for Senate

   Manhattan attorney Wendy Long Friday snared the endorsement of former Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco, who said he was impressed by the candidate's commitment to upstate issues as she competes in Tuesday's Republican primaray for the U.S. Senate.

   "When she first entered the race, her first stop was Erie Coutny," Vacco said. "That said a lot to me about her character and vision, and that she will be aware that the state exists beyond just the economic and media center of downstate."

  Vacco also said the GOP should take advantage of every opportunity to advance the candidacies of women and minorities, "especially if they share the view of limited government."

   The former attorney general said he is scheduled to deliver automated telephone calls around the state this weekend in support of Long's candidacy.

    Long will face off on Tuesday with Rep. Bob Turner of Queens and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos for the right to face Democratic incumbent Kirsten E. Gillibrand in November.

--Robert J. McCarthy

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