ALBANY, N.Y. — Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is telling more Republican Party leaders that he’s a candidate for New York governor — even though he’s yet to announce his plans to the voters.

In a letter to county party leaders obtained by The Associated Press, Molinaro confirms that he will run for governor. He said he plans to hold a formal campaign announcement in the “near future.”

In the letter, sent Tuesday, Molinaro said he is currently focused on his county’s recovery from last week’s nor’easter. Dutchess County also was subjected to the new storm on Wednesday.

State Sen. John DeFrancisco of Syracuse and former state housing official Joseph Holland are also seeking the GOP nomination.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking a third term in the November election.