Steve Levy plans switch to G.O.P., stirring governor’s race

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ALBANY — A governor’s race that seemed all but settled is about to be upended again, by a popular Democrat from Long Island who is set to announce that he is switching parties. The move is certain to excite Republican leaders pessimistic about their party’s hopes this fall.

Those leaders believe that the official, Steve Levy, a blunt-spoken fiscal hawk and contrarian who collected 96 percent of the vote in his last re-election bid, can tap into the public’s anti-incumbent sentiment and frustration with Albany’s overspending.

Full story: Steve Levy Plans Switch to G.O.P., Stirring Governor’s Race – NYTimes.com