Republicans in Rye Brook on Wednesday officially nominated Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss for lieutenant governor, the first black statewide candidate for the GOP in New York.

Moss, introduced by Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, took to the state at the Republican state convention to the theme from the western “The Magnificent Seven.”

In his speech to the GOP delegates here in Westchester County, Moss pledged to push for a repeal of the SAFE Act, a 2013 gun control law that is deeply opposed by firearms owners and the base of the Republican Party in New York.

Moss is the president of the New York State Sheriff’s Association and has been vocal critic of the SAFE Act.

“Take it from a guy who has spent his life in law enforcement: the SAFE Act does not make us safe,” Moss said in his speech. “It turned my brothers and sisters in law enforcement into criminals. And we will repeal it.”

Moss also knocked the Cuomo administration for reported involvement in the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, noting that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has taken possession of documents generated by the panel.

“Now, we have the US Attorney investigating the governor’s office for allegedly corrupting the anti-corruption committee — directing subpoenas and investigations away from friends and political allies,” Moss said. “In my world, that’s called obstruction of justice.”

And his speech lined up largely with Rob Astorino’s campaign themes of whether New York is “winning or losing.”

Moss knocked the Cuomo administration for hesitating on allowing high-volume hydrofracking, drawing on his experience as a sheriff saying that when an economy goes south, crime usually follows.

Moss is a Southern Tier native, where natural gas deposits are believed to be especially rich.

“Under Governor Cuomo, we are losing–and losing badly,” Moss said. “We have the worst economic outlook of any state in America. We have the highest taxes–and it’s not even close. We are losing more of our residents than any other state. We are plagued by a culture of corruption that gives organized crime a whole new meaning.”

Democrats earlier this week noted the times Moss has praised Cuomo in the past, including when he thanked the governor for a successful push to expand the state’s DNA databank.

Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy is not running for a second term alongside Cuomo, and potential replacements include Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Buffalo mayor Byron Brown.

Democrats meet next week in Suffolk County for their state convention.