Longtime State Senator John DeFrancisco will officially announce Tuesday he is vying for the Republican nomination to challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo in November.
The announcement will come at 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool.
DeFrancisco joins two other Republicans in the race, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra.
Speaking on Thursday’s Finger Lakes Morning News, DeFrancisco said unity from both the GOP and Conservative parties will be the key to defeating Cuomo.
He added the party candidate has to be aggressive if he hopes to keep Cuomo from a third term.
The DeWitt Republican has been in the Senate since 1993 and currently serves as the Senate’s deputy majority leader. He has been a harsh critic of the Governor, especially after Cuomo’s recent budget presentation.
The 71 year old reportedly filed the necessary paperwork Monday to form a committee to run a race for Governor.