Onondaga County's Bob Antonacci running for state comptroller

Robert Antonacci

A newly emerged Republican candidate for New York state comptroller says he'll participate in a public campaign financing pilot program recently rejected by incumbent Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci announced his candidacy Wednesday in Syracuse.

A lawyer and accountant, Antonacci tells The Associated Press that he will "wholeheartedly" use the public financing system approved by lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this year.

The program only applies to this fall's comptroller race. It authorizes matching public funds of $6 for each dollar of eligible private contributions.

DiNapoli supports broader public financing but balked at the pilot program, saying it was rushed and that he doesn't want to be a "sacrificial lamb."

The comptroller's office oversees the state pension system, manages state assets and audits state finances.

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