Guilderland Town Board member Warren Redlich announced at a press conference in the Legislative Office Building, on Monday, Feb.1 that he will be running for the New York State Governor's Office.
Earlier in the month, Redlich told The Spotlight that he was considering a run for the office after friends in the libertarian party approached him with the idea. On Jan. 22, Redlich made the next step in his discernment process by forming a campaign committee called Redlich.
It wasn't until Monday, Feb. 1 until Redlich officially made the decision to run for the office.
"The thing that was holding me up was that I was meeting with a group of libertarian's in Manhattan," said Redlich. He said that he has received positive feedback from the group and that solidified his decision to run for the office.
Eric Sundwall, campaign manager for Redlich and leader of the effort to draft him to run for governor, introduced Redlich at the press conference.
He said his original intention was to draft Redlich to run for the New York State Attorney General's office.
"During the course of Christmas, I threw the idea out that Warren should run for governor on the libertarian line," said Sundwall.
Redlich would eventually answer Sundwall's call for him to run for the office.
"I've always had this theme that we need to stop wasting money," said Redlich.
"When you're inside the bubble in Albany, the answer is to tax people," he said. He went on to say "instead of talking about controlling spending, we're talking about cutting spending."
Redlich mentioned the specifics of his proposals that include the elimination of a number of state departments, including Economic Development, the Thruway Authority, and the Office for Technology. He also mentioned a proposal to cap state employee pay at $100 thousand, and a proposal to cap state government pensions at $75 thousand.