GOP Assembly Leader Brian Kolb Announces He Will Run For Governor in 2018

The top Republican in the New York State Assembly, Brian Kolb, is the first GOP candidate to formally announce his candidacy for Governor in 2018. Kolb, a small business owner, has represented the Finger Lakes region in the State Assembly since 2000, taking the reigns as Republican conference leader in 2009.

Kolb made his announcement via video released through his campaign.


Syracuse Senator ‘Actively Seeking’ Nomination to Run for Governor

State Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) said last week that he is actively seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Gov. Cuomo in 2018.

DeFrancisco, who has served in the State Senate for 24 years, has spoken out against some of the Governor’s economic development initiatives. He wants to end the Start-Up NY program and instead make business-friendly changes in state policies.

Former Erie County Executive Considering Run for Governor

According to a report in the Buffalo News, former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra is considering challenging Gov. Cuomo in 2018. Giambra joins a list that includes Harry Wilson, a corporate restructuring expert; State Senator John DeFrancisco of Syracuse; Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb of Canandaigua; and Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro.

Yonkers Mayor Announces Candidacy for Vacant State Senate Seat

Last week, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said that plans to run to fill the State Senate vacancy that will be created in January when State Senator George Latimer (D-Rye) resigns to become Westchester County Executive.

The 37th Senate District includes the cities of New Rochelle, Rye, White Plains, Yonkers and the towns of Harrison, Mamaroneck, North Castle, Rye, Eastchester.

A number of other Democrats have announced that they are running for the seat: Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, Town of Bedford Supervisor Chris Burdick and activist Kat Brezler.

The only Republican to announce thus far is Sarmad Khojasteh, a commercial-litigation attorney from Bedford. Dan Schorr, who ran unsuccessfully for Westchester County District Attorney 2009, is also considering a run.

Gov. Cuomo said that he plans to call a special election to fill the Senate vacancy, as well as 10 other legislative vacancies, next spring.