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Failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Pierre Rinfret said Monday that, in the face of New York's staggering fiscal problems, he doesn't mind not being governor.

Rinfret, defeated by Democratic Gov. Cuomo last month, said he has scrapped plans to leave the state. "I love New York too much," he said, adding that his wife, Aida, "said no."

Before he lost to Cuomo and barely avoided being outpolled by the Conservative Party candidate, Rinfret had vowed to leave if he lost, citing a deteriorating economy and what he said was shoddy treatment from the news media.

While Rinfret, 66, said staying in New York "would cost a lot," he explained that he and his wife had decided that it was the wrong time for them to move. "Not at this time in our lives," he said.

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