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Former Gouverneur mayor and Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava works now as Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government (Source:  NYSDOS)
Former Gouverneur mayor and Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava works now as Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government (Source: NYSDOS)

Scozzafava doesn't rule out NY21 House bid

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Former North Country Assemblywoman and House candidate Dede Scozzafava says she's not ruling out another run for Congress, now that Democrat Bill Owens is stepping aside.

Scozzafava, who works now for the Cuomo administration's Department of State, spoke yesterday in Plattsburgh during an interview with Mountain Lake PBS.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

"You never know what's going to come," Scozzafava said. But she said she enjoys her current post working for the Cuomo administration.

Scozzafava, who also sits now on the Adirondack Park Agency board, ran for the North Country's House seat as a Republican in a bitter special election in 2009.

She withdrew from that race under pressure from tea party activists and later endorsed Democrat Bill Owens. Scozzafava says that experience wouldn't be a factor in deciding whether to run again this year.

" What happened in 2009 would not disuade me, it has not disuaded me, but I really like where I'm working now," she added.

Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, announced earlier this month that he won't seek another term. Republicans and Democrats have scrambled to recruit new candidates for the race.

Meanwhile yesterday, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported that state Senator Betty Little has endorsed Elise Stefanik in the 21st district seat.

Stefanik is a former White House aide in the Bush administration, is widely seen as the Republican frontrunner. She moved to the North Country last year.

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