So that’s two potential Republican senators interested in the House seat to bow out of a run, which offers a sigh of relief to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, whose majority would be in jeopardy if a GOP senator left for Congress.
Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer indicated today he’s not running, leaving Sen. George Maziarz as the only senator from western New York still considering a run. Maziarz said yesterday he’ll make a decision in the coming days.
Here’s Robach’s statement, which says he’s focused on his Senate duties and helping his constituents in his district, which stretches from Greece, Rochester’s largest suburb, and covers most of the city of Rochester.
“I am both honored and humbled by the encouragement people have given me about pursuing federal office during this recent change of events. However, I feel my first obligation and service is to ensure we get a New York State budget in place that gets New York back on the right fiscal track, makes an environment to create jobs and treats Rochesterians and Upstate New Yorkers fairly. I am 100 percent committed to working with Governor Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Duffy, and everyone involved in the process that puts New York in a different direction than the last two years, where one-party rule under all New York City leadership led to record levels of spending and little regard for the direction favored by most upstate New Yorkers.
“Given the crossroads New York is at and the privilege people have given me by voting for me for New York State Senate, I will be giving full attention to continuing to serve the constituents of the 56th Senate District.”