Assembly Republican Leader Brian Kolb

Assembly Republican Leader Brian Kolb is one of the candidates seeking to serve as Governor of New York State.

The race for who will serve as New York’s next governor is just getting started.

On the Democratic side, two-term incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the prohibitive favorite to receive the Democratic nomination. To date, former State Sen. Terry Gipson remains the only Democratic challenger, although actress Cynthia Nixon has not ruled out a primary challenge of her own.

However, the list of Republican candidates has grown from one to three, and other Republicans are still considering their options. Businessman Harry Wilson—who had been considered the most likely Republican candidate—opted not to run this year. Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro also passed on the opportunity. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) was the first Republican to announce his candidacy, and he has received endorsements from several Republican county chairs. Last week, Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) announced that he, too, would run for Governor. Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra has also entered the race, but has encountered opposition from Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long that hinders his chances for the nomination. Former New York State Housing Commissioner Joseph Holland and John Cahill, the former top aide to Gov. George Pataki, are reportedly considering gubernatorial bids as well.