Donna Lupardo's name is being mentioned as a possible choice to serve in a top state Assembly leadership post.

According to POLITICO New York, the Endwell Democrat is viewed as one of the top candidates to succeed Assembly majority leader Joseph Morelle since he announced he was running for Congress.

Lupardo said it will be up to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to decide who will become the next majority leader.

Lupardo said with the current focus on the state budget negotiations, she hasn't had "any detailed conversations" with Heastie about the leadership post.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program Thursday, Lupardo said Heastie "knows that if he thinks I'm the best person to serve, I would be more than happy to do that."

Lupardo said she recently ran into James Tallon, a Binghamton Democrat who served as Assembly majority leader for six-and-a-half years. She said they spoke briefly about the leadership situation.

Tallon told WNBF News Thursday afternoon that he believes "there's a very good chance" Lupardo will be Heastie's choice for the post.

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