Astorino: “I’m moving forward” regardless of Trump

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino on Wednesday said he’s “moving forward” with his potential challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo regardless of what Donald Trump does.

AstorinoAPBut “moving forward” doesn’t mean he’s officially throwing his hat in the race yet, Astorino said in a radio interview.

“What Donald Trump is going to do is completely up to him,” Astorino, a Republican, told host Fred Dicker on WGDJ-AM. “But regardless of what he does, I’m going forward. We have the Conservative Party’s support, we have at the very least a majority of the Republican Party’s support. We’re just moving forward at this point.”

Dicker told Astorino that sounded like he was declaring a run for governor. Astorino said that’s not the case, again saying he would make an official announcement before the end of the month.

“No, no,” Astorino said. “I just said if he does decide to run and I run, I would welcome it. If he doesn’t and I run, then I want his support.”

Trump, the celebrity billionaire, has toyed with a run for governor, but has said he would only run if the GOP is unanimous behind him.

Astorino took to the airwaves to criticize Cuomo over Remington’s decision to build a new plant in Alabama rather than expand in New York.

He was also asked about the Westchester County Democratic Party’s recent criticism of his out-of-county travel in recent weeks. Astorino has traveled the state — and taken three out-of-state trips — since he was re-elected in November, courting support from potential donors and political backers.

Astorino lobbed sharp criticism back at the Democrats leading the effort, including Westchester Legislator Ken Jenkins, who was ousted as chairman of the county legislature in December. He noted Cuomo has also left the state for high-dollar fundraisers, including trips to Hollywood and Washington D.C.

“These are the same Democrats who lost all their leadership positions at the county board, were thrown out by their own party, who created nothing but mayhem and lawsuits, who blocked every initiative that we took to save taxpayers money and reduce the size of government and cut property taxes,” Astorino said. “These are the guys that blocked all of that or tried to, and these are guys who are probably still upset I was not only elected the first time but re-elected to another term in Westchester. So they’re going to play the games on behalf of the governor’s staff, that’s fine.”

(Mike Groll / AP file photo)

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  1. Time for Astorino to get his facts straight. Then again, why would he start now? Astorino vetoed the 2 percent county tax decrease passed by Jenkins and the Democrats, but says now the decrease was his. Cost-cutting has been a collaborative effort between legislators and administration. But Astorino wants to take credit for every new initiative to advance in Westchester since he was born. What will he take credit for next?

  2. North of the Hutch on

    Truth, stick to the facts. That 2% decrease Astorino vetoed was a shame.

    Jenkins’ a thug who probably can’t even balance his own check book and he’s never worked in a bi-partisan way.

    Sorry your party choose to run a dud against Rob. I would have prefered to go head to head w/Jenkins, then at least we’d be done with him for good.

  3. Shame or sham, NoHu?
    The Dems even saved 200 jobs that the Little Prince wanted to axe in 2012 and kept the tax levy increase at zero. Go check. That budget was passed with bipartisan support. Again, go check. The insults you throw around make you sound like a fool, BTW.

  4. Board of Legislators created the 2011 budget that reduced total County tax levy by 2.2%. Astorino vetoed it on some other political philosophical arrogant grandstand ploy.

    Board of Legislators had to vote to over ride Astorino veto to reduce total Westchester tax levy by 2.2%

    Astorino and his stupid hacks (here also) started taking credit and keep repeating the lie that Astorino cut taxes.