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SARATOGA SPRINGS: Dems divided

Keehn dismisses Boyd's accusations as nothing but grandstanding. "She was soliciting nothing but people's names," said Keehn of Goldberg. "There's nothing to this."

Keehn said Boyd's press release was an attempt to "make something out of nothing" and "draw attention to himself."

More than 100 people attended Keehn's fundraiser, including Johanna Dushlek, co-chair of the Saratoga Seniors Committee.

"It was really great to see all of the support for Mayor Keehn tonight," she said.

Keehn said she was thrilled at the turnout, but said she's no closer to making a decision to run.

"This is what I needed to see," she said, but added, "I'm going to have to wait and see. Everyone's giving me a different piece of advice every day."

Keehn said she sees a split in the city's Democratic Party, but not necessarily between her and mayoral candidate Gordon Boyd " but between those who support her and those who support longtime Public Works Commissioner Thomas McTygue. The rift goes back to 2005, she said, when party members split between Keehn and her opponent, Hank Kuczynski.

McTygue backed Kuczynski in the primary and has been a critic of Keehn's since she entered office, saying that in his 32-year career, he has never had the difficulty working with a mayor that he has had with Keehn.

Keehn said she has tried to extend olive branches to that side of the party, but to no avail.

"I've made overtures to many of them," she said, "but I'm not sure that there's anything that can be done inside the party."

Keehn, a 48-year-old special education teacher, was part of a Democratic slate that won all seven elective offices in the city during the November 2005 elections. If Keehn runs, it would mark the second time she would face a challenge for the Democratic Committee endorsement. If Keehn decides not to run, the money raised from the fundraiser would go to a like-minded "progressive reform" candidate in the mold of Keehn, Gov. Eliot Spitzer and U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, Deputy Mayor Eileen Finneran said.""

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