Levy could switch parties to run for governor

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy is in Albany this week courting the support of conservative leaders for a possible gubernatorial run.

Levy is shopping his message around, telling leaders in both the Conservative and Republican parties he would make a better candidate than anyone in their camps. He says his strength is fixing budgets.

Levy, a Democrat, would have to switch parties to run on another ticket.

Would-be opponent former Rep. Rick Lazio says Levy is a Democrat and should run as a Democrat. Lazio is the leading contender for the Republican nomination.

With a campaign war chest of $16 million, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is Levy?s biggest obstacle on the Democratic side.

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