ALBANY – As the allegations against embattled New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo continue to mount, the interest from GOP members in a 2022 election challenge is growing.
State Senator George Borrello, a Chautauqua County Republican who is becoming a known commodity in the NY Senate Republican Conference, is continuing to criticize Cuomo for his policies on COVID-19 in nursing homes, along with his response to the allegations.
Borrello told WNY News Now Thursday afternoon that, although he can never rule out a future run for Governor, his main objective for 2021 and beyond is to represent the people of the 57th Senate District.
“I want to do the job that I was elected to do and continue on,” Borrello said. “I think there are lots of qualified folks out there that could step up and do a great job as governor. While nothing is never off the table, my interests lie right now with serving the people of my district.”
Congressman Tom Reed, a Corning Republican who represents the state’s 23rd Congressional District, has confirmed that he is exploring a run for Governor. Borrello and Reed have, for years, touted a hand-in-hand approach in conducting government business.
With that in mind, WNY News Now asked Borrello if he would be interested in becoming Reed’s running mate for Lt. Gov. if Reed was to run. The Irving native says that he doesn’t see that as a likely possibility.
“I think, speaking strategically, it would probably be wiser for him to chose someone from another part of the state,” Borrello said. “That being said, I would certainly rule out nothing, but I don’t see that being as a likely option but I certainly appreciate the thought.”
Borrello previously served as Chautauqua County Executive. Prior to that, Borrello was a member of the Chautauqua County Legislature.