Onondaga County Comptroller Running For State Comptroller
Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for his candidacy for the State Comptroller position against Democratic State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.
Antonacci is currently in his second term as the County Comptroller, he is an accountant and tax attorney.
Antonacci says the state's economic and tax woes are a concern. At his announcement Wednesday Antonacci pointed to a recent poll that found 41 percent of New Yorkers would leave the state if they were able to.
Antonacci's said that he will participate in the state's public financing pilot program for state comptroller's race.
The program was included in the current state budget and will provide a 6-to-1 public match for the first $175 in contributions from each private donor.
The pilot initiative was a compromise after Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed for a full public campaign finance system, but Senate Republicans weren't supportive of the plan.
DiNapoli, a supporter of publicly financed elections, criticized the pilot and has said he won't participate in the matching funds program. He raised questions about whether the pilot program will be successful with such a limited timetable for implementation.
Any Republican running a statewide race in New York faces an uphill battle because of the Democrats' enrollment edge, but a poll released by Siena in April found 32 percent of voters said they would vote to re-elect DiNapoli, while 35 percent said they prefer someone else.