Conservative Party backs Rick Lazio for governor
(AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Laziohas won the endorsement of New York's Conservative Party. It's a boost for Lazio, a former Long Island congressman seekingthe GOP nomination for governor. Most successful statewideRepublican candidates also run with the Conservative Party backing. At their meeting Friday, Conservatives didn't nominate any ofthe other three candidates seeking the Republican nomination. Theyare Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, Manhattan real estateexecutive Myers Mermel and Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy. Lazio had been endorsed by Mike Long, the influentialConservative Party leader. Conservatives also nominated Buffalo attorney Ralph Lorigo, whodrew just 35 percent of the vote. Democrat Andrew Cuomo leads all polls in the race for governor.