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It is all about the signatures on the ballot petitions. There is still no Republican endorsement but there is some news.
Frank Powers does not have 2,000;
Republican leaders say that Mr. Powers campaign had collected about 1,500 signatures on Mr. Powers's petitions.
1,250 are needed and 1,500 isn't likely to hold up against challenges.
Wyne has 2,000.
Bob Straniere is collecting signatures for the Republican line;
Multiple sources confirm that former Assemblyman Bob Staniere [sp], who has long desired to run for Congress, no longer lives in the district (not a requirement in this case; one must only live in the state) and is on the outs with the GOP powers-that-be on Staten Island, is indeed circulating petitions to run.
Carmine Morano is collecting signatures for both the Independence and Republican lines;
Frank Morano, a state Independence Party official, confirms his father, Carmine, is circulating petitions in an effort to get both the Indy and GOP lines (he'll need a Wilson Pakula for the latter).