Paladino Picking up Steam

August 17, 2010 Updated Aug 17, 2010 at 4:16 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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Carl Paladino accepting the endorsement of the Niagara County Republican Executive Committee in Lockport Tuesday.

August 17, 2010 Updated Aug 17, 2010 at 4:16 PM EDT

LOCKPORT, NY (WKBW) - Carl Paladino's bid for governor of New York State is gaining momentum, especially here in Western New York.

Tuesday, the Niagara County Republican Executive Committee dropped their support for GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio and endorsed Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino.

"On behalf of the town and city chairmen, I am announcing today that we have decided to back Carl Paladino for governor for the great state of New York," said Mike Norris, Chairman of the Niagara County Republican Executive Committee.

State senator George Maziarz (R-Newfane) was on hand for Tuesday's announcement, and said he has never seen a campaign take off so quickly and with so much support.

"There is no candidate statewide, and I know them all and respect them all, but there is no candidate statewide who recognizes how our resources here, resources like power from the Niagara Power Project, is stolen from us. The dollars that are gained from selling that power are stolen from us for downstate interests," said Maziarz.

Paladino was not mincing words when it came to addressing his challengers, Rick Lazio in the upcoming primary, and Andrew Cuomo should he win the primary election.

"And when we vet him to the people and they get to see what the history of this man has been, his incompetence, he's coming down. The immediate threat is a guy named Rick Lazio. They pull him off the bench every time they need someone to run against a strong democrat. He's been forever running, he doesn't know why, he doesn't understand the issues and he certainly has no intestinal fortitude. We're going to put him down on September 14 because we're coming together," spouted Paladino at the endorsement announcement.

Paladino added that the state is wasting billions of dollars each year, much at the expense of Western New York. He is also promising to cut state government by twenty percent and begin the job of completely rebuilding Niagara Falls so it can compete again with the Canadian side of the border.