From the Morning Memo:

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro in a fundraising email to supporters on Thursday said he is giving “serious thought” to a run for governor next year.

Molinaro is among a handful of Republican statewide hopefuls next year who are considering campaigns against Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, who is running for a third term.

“Let me be straight with you: I’m giving serious thought to running for Governor,” Molinaro said.

“With a young family and a new addition, our six-month-old son, the timing is not perfect; but the circumstances across our state grows more dire everyday. With hard work, love and commitment, my family is strong – but the family of New York is a family in crisis.”

In the email, Molinaro pointed to the heroin and opioid addiction crisis in upstate New York, the outmigration of the area’s population and the high cost of property taxes.

“The mood around the state is one of frustration, impatience, and even anger,” the email states. “Sadly, many people are so alienated and disappointed, they are giving up on New York. Tragically, others are in crisis and on the verge of giving up on themselves, on their family, on hope for the future.”

Molinaro pointed to his own efforts on property tax reduction and combating heroin abuse, as well as implementing plans to overhaul county government and strengthen mental health services.

It concludes with asking for donation between $25 and $1,000, sent from his Dutchess County executive campaign.

In addition to Molinaro, the potential Republican field for governor includes Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who ran in 2014 and businessman Harry Wilson, the GOP nominee for comptroller in 2010.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan has also suggested he may run next year, as has the deputy leader, Syracuse’s John DeFrancisco.