State Sen. John DeFrancisco, a longtime central New York lawmaker, is exploring a run for governor in 2018.
DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, said in an interview Friday that he began traveling around the state to attend Republican events and float his name as a potential gubernatorial candidate.
Last week, he attended the Saratoga County Republican Committee’s summer picnic in Saratoga Springs. He has at least two stops planned this week in Erie and Oswego counties. His schedule for next week includes a stop in Livingston County.
DeFrancisco, who was elected to the state Senate in 1992 and now serves as the chamber’s deputy majority leader, insists that he’s made no formal decision about the 2018 election.