PATCHOGUE - Family and friends gathered at former Suffolk Republican Chairman John Powell's wake today in order to pay their respects.

Powell died of a heart attack last week at the age of 51. His wake is being held at Ruland Funeral Home in Patchogue.

Powell served more than two years in federal prison on racketeering and extortion charges in 2000.

Today?s viewings are from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Powell will be buried at a private funeral tomorrow.

Former Suffolk GOP Chairman John Powell dies