By Robert J. McCarthy
Michael A. Battle, the former U.S. attorney for Western New York, will not run for lieutenant governor on the Republican ticket this year.
The Buffalo News reported over the weekend that Battle, also a former Erie County Family Court judge now practicing law privately in Manhattan, had been approached by top state Republicans about running with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this fall.
But several sources with knowledge of the situation say Battle has decided to remain in the private sector, despite a high level effort to persuade him to join the ticket -- an effort the sources said could continue.
The News also reported Assemblywoman Jane L. Corwin of Clarence had also been approached by top Republicans, and she also declined an offer to run with Astorino.
State Republicans are slated to gather in Rye Brook on May 14-15 to nominate their statewide ticket. John P. Cahill, former Environmental Conservation commissioner and chief of staff to Gov. George E. Pataki, is expected to be named the candidate for attorney general.
Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci has slated a news conference in Syracuse for this afternoon, where he is expected to announced his candidacy for state comptroller.