Rick Lazio, seen here in this file photo, will run for governor after nearly 10 years out of politics.
Lazio has worked in the banking industry for nearly a decade, but he says now that his two daughters are approaching college age, he's ready for a return to the spotlight.
Lazio says his prior government experience including over a decade in Congress, combined with his recent work in the private sector, makes him "uniquely qualified'' to lead the state.
So far, he is the only announced Republican running for governor. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he's thinking about it.