State Sen. Vincent Leibell today declined to say whether he would seek a ninth term this year in the Senate. If he does, he will face a Republican primary from state Assemblyman Greg Ball, who announced late last year he would run for the 40th Senate District instead of the Assembly.
Leibell and Ball appeared together at an event this morning, calling for the repeal of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s payroll tax. It was somewhat of a rare, dual appearance for the two Putnam Republicans, who have been more political enemies than friends in the past. It’s maybe even a more rare occasion for Leibell to appear with an election opponent, which is what Ball is should the senator want another term in Albany.
Leibell has said he’s considered a run for Putnam County executive. That seat is also up this year. The senator said he would make an announcement after the state budget passes. That deadline is April 1.