HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (1010 WINS/ AP) — Steve Levy has decided against running for governor as an independent.
The Suffolk County executive, who failed in a bid for the GOP nomination after quitting the Democratic Party earlier this year, says he is endorsing former Long Island Congressman Rick Lazio in the race.READ MORE: Gov. Cuomo Sexually Harassed Multiple Women In Violation Of State And Federal Law, AG Investigation Finds
Levy says he realized it would not be possible to win this year without having major party backing.
He says he is backing Lazio because both agree on cutting property taxes and capping spending in Albany.READ MORE: Lawmakers Call On Cuomo To Resign Or Be Removed From Office In Wake Of Sexual Harassment Investigation
Lazio faces a Republican primary challenge in September from Buffalo millionaire Carl Paladino. The winner of that contest will face Democrat Andrew Cuomo in November.
Levy says he intends to remain a Republican.MORE NEWS: Cuomo Not Stepping Down After Investigation Finds He Sexually Harassed Multiple Women
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