A top county official from New York City's northern suburbs is officially launching his uphill fight to unseat New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, announced Wednesday in a video that the idea that things are great in New York is a "fairy tale."
State Republicans hold their nominating convention in May. Celebrity businessman Donald Trump has said he would consider a run if the party unifies behind him.
Cuomo, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, is far ahead in polls, name recognition and fundraising. But Astorino argues New York is moving in the wrong direction and Cuomo is beatable.
The 46-year-old Astorino was easily elected in November to his second term as the head of government in suburban Westchester.
Twice as many Democrats live in New York than Republicans.