Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino will meet privately with county GOP chairmen in western New York next week as part of his visit to Buffalo for a local party fundraiser.
It’s the latest move by Astorino as he contemplates a run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo next year.
Astorino is attending an Erie County GOP holiday fundraiser Wednesday and will meet with the county chairmen.
Livingston County GOP Lowell Conrad confirmed the meeting, but said he would be unable to attend. He said it will be important for Republicans to have a strong top of the ticket next year as Republicans seek to win their first statewide seat since 2002.
“He has a good reputation, and I guess he’s a potential candidate at this point,” Conrad said of Astorino.
Astorino, who won a second term last month, has taken several trips as he considers whether to challenge the Democratic governor, who has more than $28 million in his campaign coffers — more than any governor in the country.
Astorino attended the Somos El Futuro conference in Puerto Rico and the Republican Governors Association convention in Phoenix — where he spent time with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Astorino said he would decide his future early next year.