Republican Rick Lazio has secured 55 percent of the weighted vote to win the GOP nomination for governor at the party’s convention this spring, picking up the endorsements today from the Bronx, Brooklyn, Westchester and Rockland county chairmen.
Brooklyn Republican chairman Craig Eaton, Westchester Republican chairman Doug Colety, Rockland Republican chairman Vincent Reda and Bronx Republican chairman Jay Savino all announced today that the backing Lazio.
With Erie County Executive Chris Collins’ decision this week to not run for the post, Lazio is the only Republican candidate seeking the nomination—although Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy has been making overtures to Republican leaders.
The biggest weighted vote total landed today comes from Westchester, which has about 6 percent of the total vote.
“Change is on the march. Across this country and across this state, people are demanding real change,” Lazio said in a statement. “People are sick and tired of what government has become. Government overreaches, overtaxes and overspends. Our current structure of government is fundamentally broken. It cannot stand. I will be the voice of the great silent majority that is standing up and saying that they have had enough.”