GOP senators endorse their colleague in governor’s race

Three of four Republican senators representing Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties have endorsed their colleague, Sen. John DeFrancisco, in his competition with two other Republicans vying to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

DeFrancisco’s campaign touted the endorsements this week of 13 of the Senate’s 31 Republicans, including John Bonacic, George Amedore and James Seward. DeFrancisco is competing against Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Joel Giambra, a former Erie County executive, to be the Republicans’ standard-bearer when the Democratic governor runs for a third term this fall.

“I have worked closely with Senator DeFrancisco for a number of years in the New York State Senate, and have witnessed first-hand his results-driven approach to government,” Seward, whose district includes part of Ulster County, said in one press release. “John isn’t about politics and platitudes; he is about workable solutions that will better our businesses, help families, and encourage growth in the Empire State.”

Amedore also represents part of Ulster. Bonacic’s district includes all of Sullivan and part of Orange and Ulster.

Bill Larkin, the fourth Republican senator in the region, hasn’t appeared so far in DeFrancisco’s endorsement announcements.

 

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