Sources: Giambra Mulling Race For Governor

Dave Debo
December 10, 2017 - 12:27 pm

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(WBEN) Sources close to former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra tell WBEN  he is considering a run for governor and will definitely run if  businessman Harry Wilson , the perceived GOP front runner doesn't get in.

Giambra was County executive from 2000 to 2007, a moderate Republican who was a Democratic City Councilman and City of Buffalo Comptroller before moving to the Rath Building.  He was an advocate for regionalism, but ultimately got ensnared in a budget crisis in his final year in office when he proposed a bare-bones budget without any sales tax increase, resulting in layoffs and public outcry.

Wilson is a downstate businessman who ran against NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli in 2010 and has been visiting with Repulican State Chairmen talking about a run for months.  Dutchess County Executive Mark Molinaro, Senate Majority Leaeder John Flanagan, and Assembly minority leader Brian Kolb have all said-- like Wilson- that they will announce a decision about running before the end of the year, possibly by Christmas. 

 From Hardline: Hear Giambra's Deputy County Executive Carl Calabrese, and other Albany watchers  Alan Chartock and Morgan Hook address the race:

Joel Giambra Mulling Gov. Race- Hear Calabrese, Chartock and Hook



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