Levy: No Independent Run For Governor


There will no gubernatorial run for Steve Levy this year, officially.

The Suffolk County executive who lost the Republican nomination for governor at the GOP convention in June, said in a statement today he will forgo a run as an independent candidate.

He’s also endorsing Rick Lazio, the fellow Long Islander and party nominee who is running in a primary against Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino. And the Democrat-turned-Republican said he will stay a Republican and work with Republicans to win the Senate majority.

“While I realize that it would not be possible to win the governor’s seat without major party backing, I considered running on a third line in order to keep attention focused on important policies for which I care deeply,” Levy said in a statement.

“I am, however, heartened by the fact that many of the innovations I championed in my campaign have now been adopted by other candidates in the field,” Levy said, citing the calls for a property-tax cap and pension reforms being cited by the major party candidates.

Levy, a Democrat turned Republican, said Lazio “will work hard toward accomplishing many of the goals I had set out in my campaign.”


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  1. its really sad, how ed cox puts him out there and could not deliver the nomination, levy lost on both ends.