With radio shock jock Howard Stern out of the race, the New York Libertarian Party is turning to retired engineer Robert L. Schulz, who for the past two years has shocked New York State and its Wall Street investment bankers with a series of lawsuits challeng in the state's issuance of debt without voter approval.

In a telephone interview, Schulz said on Friday that the Libertarian Party is supporting him as its candidate to challenge incumbent Democrat Mario Cuomo and Republican George Pataki. The Libertarians have submitted more than 17,000 signatures in support of Schulz's candidacy; they need only 15,000 certified names to gain a place on the general election ballot.

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