Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is in Buffalo today for a fundraiser and a discussion on mandate relief for local governments.
From today’s Journal News:
The two-day trip will raise funds for his current re-election bid, which will pit him against New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, a Democrat, in November.
“I was asked by some people I know in those areas if I’d like to come up and raise some money for my campaign,” Astorino said Wednesday. “It’s an opportunity to raise some money from different parts of the state that I could use in my county executive race, and I’m definitely taking that opportunity.”
Astorino will attend a fundraiser Thursday after speaking to a prominent Buffalo business group about the need for relief for local governments from state-mandated costs, a frequent topic of discussion for him. He’s also scheduled to speak to a newspaper editorial board.
On Friday, Astorino will head east to Syracuse, where he’ll address the Onondaga County Republican Leadership Committee and participate in private meetings before attending a second campaign fundraiser.
Top officials in the state Republican Party view Astorino as a rising star, with New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox frequently mentioning him as a possible candidate to take on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, next year.
But Astorino insisted his upcoming trip is all about his current campaign and the issues facing county governments, not the gubernatorial chatter, which he called “very flattering.”
“I have a real election in November, and it’s costly in this market,” Astorino said. “We have to raise a lot of money to get our message out. That trip, with those different stops, is where the money is. And people have asked and offered to help raise that money, so I accepted.”
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