ALBANY, N.Y. — The top Republican in the New York state Assembly says he’s considering running for governor next year.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb told The Auburn Citizen ( ) that he’s giving “serious thought” to a campaign after being approached by Republican leaders and business owners.

The Canandaigua lawmaker acknowledged the challenges of taking on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has already raised more than $25 million for his bid for a third term.

Kolb has criticized Cuomo’s handling of the economy and has pushed for tougher state ethics rules.

Other Republicans listed as possible candidates include state Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, former investment manager and 2010 comptroller candidate Harry Wilson and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who went up against Cuomo in 2014.