Gibson Establishes Campaign Committee to Explore Run for Governor

On Monday, Congressman Chris Gibson (R- Kinderhook) established a campaign committee to begin raising money for a potential run for governor in 2018. He is not running for re-election to the House seat that he first won in 2010.

Gov. Cuomo has suggested that he will run for a third term in 2018, and he continues to raise money. He has about $16 million in his campaign coffers.

Among the other Republicans rumored to be weighing a challenge to Cuomo are Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive who lost to the governor in 2014, Buffalo developer Carl Paladino, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and 2010 State Comptroller candidate Harry Wilson.

Poll: Trump, Clinton Lead Presidential Race in New York

According to a Siena Research Institute poll released this week, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have strong leads in the state’s presidential primary.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders 55% to 34%. Among Republicans, Donald Trump leads with 34%, while Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are each at 16%.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has since suspended his campaign, is the only other Republican in double digits with 11% support.

New York’s presidential primary will be held on Tuesday, April 19. Read the poll crosstabs here.

Cheektowaga Council Member to Challenge First-Term Assemblymember

Cheektowaga Council Member James Rogowski (D) announced this week that he will challenge first-term Assemblymember Angela Wozniak (R-Cheektowaga) in November for the 143rd Assembly District seat she holds.

Wozniak won the seat after incumbent Dennis Gabryszak retired amid a sexual harassment scandal. Ms. Wozniak won the race easily, despite a 2-1 Democratic enrollment advantage in the district. The 143rd AD includes the towns of Cheektowaga and Lancaster.