Former County Executive Joel A. Giambra resigned Wednesday from the Park Strategies lobbying firm in another step toward officially declaring his candidacy for governor.
Giambra, a 10-year veteran of the firm founded and run by former Sen. Alfonse M. D’Amato, said Wednesday the move signals his intensifying effort to gain the Republican nomination to oppose Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo next year. He added he is stopping short of officially entering the race as he continues to contact GOP officials around the state, including state Chairman Edward F. Cox.
“I resigned to concentrate full time on trying to secure the Republican endorsement,” he said. “I have reached out to Chairman Cox and Republican county chairmen throughout the state in the process of introducing myself, convincing them I am best candidate, and that I can win.”
The Buffalo News reported Sunday that Giambra, who was county executive from 2000 through 2007, was weighing a gubernatorial candidacy as a “moderate Republican.” One source familiar with the situation said Giambra has already begun reaching out to former associates to join his campaign staff.
When he formally declares, he will join Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb of Canandaigua as Republican candidates. Others mentioned include businessman Harry Wilson of Westchester County, state Sen. John DeFrancisco of Syracuse and Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro.