John Cahill, a former top aide to former governor George Pataki, declared his candidacy for State Attorney General on Sunday. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
John Cahill stepped out of his Yonkers home on Sunday hoping to step back into government.
"I am committed to making a real difference for the people of New York as your next attorney general," Cahill said.
Cahill announced his candidacy for attorney general, taking on Democratic incumbent Eric Schneiderman.
Cahill is a former top aide to Governor George Pataki and before that was the state's environmental commissioner. He used his first campaign event to attack Schneiderman.
"New Yorkers need an attorney general who is interested in smart sustainable solutions for New York, not an aspiring governor who is interested in sustaining the special interests," Cahill said.
In response to Cahill's candidacy, a campaign spokesman for Schneiderman said, "Attorney General Schneiderman has spent his entire career working to ensure equal justice under the law for all New Yorkers. He looks forward to talking about his record with voters in the coming months."
Cahill has an uphill battle.
Schneiderman has about $6 million on hand. This is Cahill's rookie run for office, and his campaign is just getting started.
Since leaving Albany, Cahill and Pataki started a consulting firm, where aides say Cahill worked on energy and environmental issues.
Cahill immediately used his candidacy to blast opponents of the controversial natural gas drilling procedure known as fracking. He argues it would be a boon to the economy.
"It's clear the question of shale gas isn't if, it's how," Cahill said.
The former governor was not on hand for the announcement, but a campaign aide told NY1 that Pataki has been providing guidance to Cahill as he considered running for attorney general.
Cahill rounds out the top of the Republican ticket, all of whom hail from outside of the five boroughs.
His announcement comes just days before Republicans will meet in Westchester for their state nominating convention.