NEW YORK (CNN) -- Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, known for his apt leadership after the attacks of September 11, 2001, took the first step toward a possible 2008 presidential bid by forming an exploratory committee.
Giuliani has not officially decided whether to run, said committee treasurer John Gross in a statement.
"We have taken the necessary legal steps so an organization can be put in place and money can be raised," Gross said. (Watch how Giuliani will be pondering a presidential run "quite a bit" -- 1:44 Video)
A document from the New York Department of State says Giuliani made the initial filing Friday.
Paperwork filed with the department said the committee's purpose is "to conduct federal 'testing-the-waters' activities under the Federal Election Campaign Act."
CNN: Giuliani takes first step toward '08 presidential bid