BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Republican Joel Giambra has announced he’ll run for New York State Senate.

The former Erie County executive will run for Senate District 60, challenging incumbent Senator Sean Ryan.

Giambra received the endorsement of the Erie County Republican Party Thursday night.

He told News 4, “I can’t sit on the sidelines any longer.”

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