ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton? Of New York?

According to Monday's New York Post, state Democratic chairwoman Judith Hope raised the possibility with the first lady at a White House party last week.

``I was talking to the first lady and said to her that if she ever had any thoughts about electoral politics, she should consider moving to New York and running for the Senate in 2000,'' Hope, a friend of the president, was quoted as saying.

``Mrs. Clinton laughed and said, `You're kidding?' She raised her eyebrows in her usual charming way at the suggestion, but she didn't rule it out.''

Marcia Berry, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Clinton, said Monday the first lady is ``obviously flattered'' by the suggestion but ``she doesn't have any interest in running for public office.''

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., has said he expects to seek re-election in 2000, but some New York Democrats think he will retire.