Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci began his new life as a nominee for state comptroller pledging to run a positive campaign on Wednesday, saying that it was “crucial” considering he will participate in a public matching program.

“Tom DiNapoli is a nice guy and clobbering each other won’t change a thing,” Antonacci said.

Nevertheless, Antonacci had some criticism reserved for DiNapoli, a Democrat who first took office in 2007 following the resignation of incumbent Alan Hevesi.

Antonacci was formally nominated at the state Republican convention on Wednesday by delegates at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester County.

In particular, he singled out the high cost property taxes and the main cost-driver, public employee pensions, taking issue with DiNapoli’s office pointing to a record-high return for the fund at the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year.

He also blasted DiNapoli for approving more than $103,000 in confidential settlement money to the legislative aides who accused then-Assemblyman Vito Lopez of sexual harassment (Republican candidate for attorney general John Cahill deployed a similar line of attack against his Democratic foe, Eric Schneiderman).

“That would have never happened on my watch,” Antonacci said of the settlement.

He added that DiNapoli’s newly formed anti-corruption panel is “a day late and a dollar short.”

DiNapoli is not participating in the public financing program, which was approved in the 2014-15 state budget and only impacts the state comptroller’s race.

DiNapoli, as well as advocates for public financing, have criticized the agreement for not including all statewide candidates and coming in the middle of an election cycle.

DiNapoli in January reported about $2 million in cash on hand for his re-election.