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Pataki to Announce Run for Third Term in Peekskill

Governor George Pataki
Governor George Pataki

By Mark Scott

Albany, NY – Governor Pataki has said he expects to run for a third term this year, but so far has refused to officially declare himself a candidate. But that's expected to change this weekend.

Pataki will travel to his hometown of Peekskill in Westchester County on Saturday to make an announcement. While he's still not saying what it will be, everyone in Albany most assuredly believes he will say that he will run for a third term. Pataki said his choice of Peekskill is a reflection of the important role the community has played in his life.

"I think it's appropriate to return to where I grew up, to where I learned my values, developed my friendships and my sense of committment to other people," Pataki said. "I'm looking forward to making an announcement on Saturday that will allow us to continue to make this state I love so much a better place."

Meanwhile, two new Pataki fund-raising letters surfaced Tuesday in which the Republican governor launched one of his harshest attacks to date on his Democratic critics. Pataki says electing one of his Democratic challengers would mean "high taxes, anti-business policies, crime-ridden streets and reckless budgeting."