Rick Lazio signed a symbolic pledge Wednesday not to raise taxes if he is elected governor.
Lazio gave no indication how the pledge would affect his fiscal policies as governor, but said it sends a message that he is serious about bringing the budget under control and creating an environment that generates jobs in New York State.
"This absolutely sends a message by giving my word as my bond that I am going to oppose any new tax increases. This state has been struggling for years because of the perpetual effort to raise taxes," Lazio said at a news conference in Mineola.
After he spoke, Lazio walked a few steps to a tripod bearing a large card that he signed.
Lazio said he was confident he would gain the Republican nomination and run for governor on the Republican and Conservative lines.