Cuomo Reports 333m In Campaign Cash On Hand

01.16.14 | Bob Price

Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported having $33.3 million in campaign cash Wednesday as he heads into an election year. The Democratic governor raised $7 million since the last report in July and spent $1.5 million, the state Board of Elections filing showed. The hefty campaign war chest underscores Cuomo's strong position to run a campaign for a second term in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans roughly 2-to-1. "It costs a lot of money in New York to run an effective campaign," said Steven Greenberg of the Siena College poll. "The governor essentially - with still 10 months to Election Day - has enough money to run that kind of campaign." It's not clear who the Republican candidate will be in November, though Greenberg said Cuomo's cash could "scare off" potential candidates. Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino has said he'll make a decision on whether to run in the next two months. Donald Trump, who had publicly flirted with running for president in 2012, has said he would consider running if state Republicans join together behind him.