Rep. Lowey’s NY-17 departure sparks buzz around potential candidates

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Rep. Nita Lowey’s announcement Thursday that she will not seek re-election in NY-17 set off a flurry of speculation about potential candidates for her seat.

Rep. Lowey is the chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee and has been representing parts of Westchester and Rockland counties in Congress for 31 years.

Reggie Lafayette, the Westchester County Democratic chairman, has been fielding calls from prospective candidates.

"I heard from Dave Buchwald, I heard from Mondaire Jones," he told News 12.

But it's not just Democratic candidates looking to replace Rep. Lowey. Douglas Colety, chairman of the Westchester GOP, says a Republican candidate will most definitely throw their hat in the ring.

"County Executive Astorino and I had a discussion. He’s a potential candidate,” says Colety.

Whether Democrat or Republican, political experts say all prospective candidates need to gauge their level of support before entering the race.

If there is a primary for the seat, it will be held next June.

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