NEW YORK (AP) - New York Republicans have nominated Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro for governor.
Delegates endorsed the 42-year-old Molinaro Wednesday at the GOP's state convention in Manhattan. He had faced a challenge for the nomination from state Sen. John DeFrancisco of Syracuse.
Molinaro is a former state lawmaker whose political career began when he was elected mayor of Tivoli at age 19.
In his acceptance speech, Molinaro vowed to take on corruption and deep-pocketed special interests if elected. He said he wants to be the candidate for other "everyday New Yorkers" from all parties who want to change the status quo in Albany.
Republicans are scheduled to nominate their pick for attorney general on Thursday, the convention's final day.
Democrats are holding their nominating convention this week on Long Island.