ALBANY, NY (WKBW) Political pollsters and pundits placing democratic State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo at least 50 percent ahead in every poll since January. The problem is, Cuomo has not confirmed he is running for governor. What he has confirmed is that this is the most important election for the state in his lifetime.
"The state is at a crossroads, and I think what we do now will really matter. We have to get the state's finances under control. We have to get our fiscal house in order. We have to clean up Albany," said Cuomo.
Democrat turned republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Levy promised to do just that. He came to Buffalo today looking for support from county GOP leaders.
"Our message of controlling spending, getting a spending cap in place and a local property tax cap is really seeming to resonate not only with the republican leadership but the rank and file...and people across all party affiliations," said Levy.
And Levy snagging endorsements from republican leaders who formerly supported republican candidate Rick Lazio. Lazio had been considered the party's front-runner.
Still Levy needs at least 50 percent of the vote at the state republican convention this June for a spot on the primary ballot.
Also fighting for a spot on that ballot, Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino. His latest self-proclaimed "Mad As Hell" campaign aimed at Andrew Cuomo. He claims Cuomo accepted thousands in donations from billionaire investor John Paulson. Paladino says Paulson made billions off the housing market collapse.
"His job as attorney general of the state of New York is to go after criminals and in this case these are some really big ones! This guy Paulson took $15 billion. He is a profiteer!" alleged Paladino.
One thing is for sure; analysts predict a wild political season in New York this year with so many issues and so many people unhappy with state government gridlock.