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.
“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)