Capital New York:
Laying the groundwork for a possible run for attorney general, State Sen. Mike Gianaris has reactivated a long-dormant campaign account and begun raising funds for a statewide campaign in 2018.
Gianaris, a Queens legislator who leads the Democrats' efforts on the chamber floor and chairs their campaign committee, told POLITICO he would seek re-election to his seat in 2016 and remained committed to helping Democrats win the chamber majority.
“My priority continues to be my commitment to bring a lasting Democratic majority to the state Senate, and that is where my focus lies. But it's always good to be prepared for the future,” he said during a brief interview.
Gianaris said campaign finance disclosures set to be filed on Friday would show he has raised $315,000 in the statewide account, New Yorkers for Gianaris, that had its roots in his abortive run for attorney general in 2006, when Eliot Spitzer vacated the office to run (successfully) for governor. Spitzer was succeeded that year by Andrew Cuomo. Gianaris said his account will have between $1.7 million and $1.8 million on hand.