Westchester Republican (and Cuomo supporter) eyeing challenge to Gillibrand

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A Westchester County Republican with ties to the Cuomo family is weighing a 2012 Senate run against Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, according to GOP officials.

Daniel Rubino, an attorney who is CEO of a firm of investment advisers, is at least considering a run against the incumbent senator, according to Rockland County GOP Chairman Vincent Reda, the state Republican Party’s first vice chairman.

“I know he’s made some calls around, and he’s exploring the possibility of getting into the race,” Reda said in a phone interview.

Rubino is set to meet with Westchester County Republican Chairman Doug Colety in the coming weeks to discuss his interest, Colety confirmed. Colety is the GOP’s regional chairman for the Hudson Valley.

“I’ve heard the name, but I have not met with him yet,” Colety said. “I know he has reached out, and we’re going to get together in the next couple weeks.”

Rubino, of Armonk, could not be reached for comment over the past three days. Phone calls to his home went unanswered, and messages left with the Cabrini Mission Foundation, a non-profit group he chairs, were not returned.

A registered Republican, Rubino has made major campaign contributions to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, dating back to Cuomo’s aborted run for governor in 2002. Rubino has donated $26,000 to Cuomo’s campaign coffers since 2001, according to state Board of Elections data, including a $2,000 donation in September 2010.

He also chipped in $5,000 to the Assembly Republicans’ campaign account in 2010, and $500 to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., a Democrat, in 2009.

Rubino is CEO of a commodities-trading company called Global Commodities Advisors LLC (formerly 787 Capital Group).

He has strong ties to Mario Cuomo. In a press release that went out last year, the elder Cuomo was listed as the chairman of Rubino’s company.

(The picture above is from the Cabrini Mission’s website. Rubino is on the far left, and Mario Cuomo is next to him.)

Rubino also once worked at the Manhattan-based law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where Mario Cuomo is of counsel. In 2005, the two were part of a team of attorneys that reviewed a $7.9 billion offer from the Dolan family to buy out Cablevision.

So far, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos is the only person to declare his intentions to run against Gillibrand. Former state comptroller candidate Harry Wilson has the support of some party leaders, but a spokesman said yesterday the well-funded Republican is focusing on his work in the private sector “right now.”

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  1. This reads like this guy disburses his money and political backing wherever it will benefit him. Even at that, almost anyone is preferable to Gillibrand.