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NY GOP Chief: Shrinking List Of Cuomo Contenders Not A Worry

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The leader of New York's Republican Party remains upbeat about the GOP's chances against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo this fall, even though the number of potential Republican candidates continues to shrink.

Party Chairman Ed Cox told reporters Wednesday that he is confident Republicans will have a strong challenger to go against Cuomo, who plans to seek a third term.

Last week businessman Harry Wilson and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced they would not run. So far Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb of Canandaigua is the only Republican in the race, though Sen. John DeFrancisco of Syracuse is considering a campaign.

Cox met with party leaders from around the state in Albany Wednesday. He says DeFrancisco and Kolb are both good candidates and said it's possible more names could emerge.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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