Harry Wilson, the 2010 Republican candidate for comptroller, said Monday he will decide this fall whether he will run for governor next year.
Wilson, who narrowly lost to Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, has long been viewed highly by Republicans in New York for his financial background and upstate roots.
A resident of Scarsdale, Westchester County, Wilson said he has been touring the state as he evaluates whether to run for the state’s top office.
“There’s kind of two questions I wrestle with: Is my skill set a good fit for the challenges of the state? Can I make a major difference in making the state a better place to live and work?” Wilson said Monday on WGDJ-AM (1300).
“And I feel pretty confident the answer to that is yes.”
Wilson, 45, is a wealthy former hedge-fund manager who served on President Obama’s auto task force, and he served as an advisor to the U.S. Treasury Department under Obama. He is a native of Johnstown, Fulton County.
He is one of several Republicans considering a run for governor in 2018 against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who has said he will seek a third term.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is contemplating a rematch against Cuomo. Other potential candidates include Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro.
Wilson said he’s concerned about the state’s economy, particularly upstate.
“New York state government looks a lot like a General Motors or a lot of other failed corporations I have seen over the course of my career – where you have leadership that is out of touch and no longer serving its customers,” he said.