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Clinton Nominated for Re-Election, State Republicans Begin Their Convention

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton received her party's designation for re-election at the State Democratic Convention in Buffalo Wednesday morning. Earlier, delegates tapped State Comptroller Alan Hevesi to run for a second term.

Clinton was selected by unanimous acclimation by the convention's more than 400 delegates.

"We have a great national leader here in New York," said fellow New York Senator Charles Schumer as he nominated Clinton for the convention's endorsement.

Earlier, Clinton appeared before 700 supporters and delegates at a breakfast at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

"When the dust clears in November, New York is going to have a Democratic government from top to bottom, and we're going to show the rest of the country what that means," Clinton said.

Across the state in Long Island, state Republicans gathered for the first day of their convention. Former Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, accepted her party's nomination as its candidate for attorney general.

She called her designation as "the culmination of a life spent fighting for the safety and security of the abused and exploited, fighting to give a voice to the voiceless."

But the Republicans are expecting a battle between moderate and conservative factions and the strong possibility of a contested primary in both the Senate and the governor's race.

One of the Republican candidates for governor, Bill Weld, has chosen New York Secretary of State Christopher Jacobs of Buffalo to be his running mate. An official announcement was expected Wednesday afternoon.

The 39-year-old Jacobs is a member of the Buffalo Board of Education. He was chosen in April to serve as Governor Pataki's secretary of state.

Weld, a former Massachusetts governor, is competing against John Faso for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Faso is the former Assembly minority leader and a member of the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority. He has chosen Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef as his running mate.

Delegates are also expected to choose a designated Senate candidate Wednesday. Former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer and former Reagan-era Pentagon official Kathleen Troia McFarland are both vying for the designation.