As Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino gets closer to an announcement that he will run for governor, he is reaching out to his supporters and asking for help amassing the campaign war chest that will signal that he can be a credible competitor.
The theme of the campaign so far is making New York economically competitive, or, as he puts it, “Make NY a winning state again!” Here are some selections from his fundraising email:
Thank you for your support. My reelection campaign last fall was a tremendous success. They said we’d be a four-year “accident” but instead we were reelected by a large margin because we kept our promises to the people of Westchester and told them the truth about why we needed to fix county government….
Now I’m being encouraged to take on a greater challenge. New York State is losing under our current governor and we must take action before it is too late. Mr. Cuomo, with his finger perpetually in the breeze, tries to be all things to all people. The plain truth is Mr. Cuomo won’t make difficult decisions. His most recent budget is built on false assumptions, borrowed money, and funds he has literally seized from the private sector – like his $1.75 billion raid on the state insurance fund. This money – premiums paid by private businesses for workers’ compensation coverage – has been taken by Mr. Cuomo to balance his budget.
As I go around the state, I am hearing the same message from people everywhere: we can’t afford to remain dead last in business climate among states and succeed. One of my first challenges as County Executive was working closely with PepsiCo to keep their headquarters in the county. Like many companies in New York State, they were ready to pack up and go. After many meetings, PepsiCo not only decided to stay, but they doubled down and are building a larger facility offering even more opportunity and employment in the county. Westchester’s unemployment rate of 5.5 % is one of the lowest in New York State. We cannot be the state that people and businesses are fleeing from and pretend that we’re building a better future for our children. Growth and progress cannot be faked….