Astorino to unveil decision on gubernatorial run Wednesday

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will announce Wednesday whether he will seek the Republican nomination to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

AstorinoCarrOn his Twitter account Tuesday, Astorino said he will release a video message Wednesday informing the public of his decision.

“Announcing decision on whether to run for governor of NY in video news release Wednesday,” Astorino tweeted. “Time and details to follow. Please Stay tuned!”

Astorino, who was elected to his second term in November, is widely expected by county-level Republican leaders to enter the race and take on Cuomo, who was voted governor in 2010. The Mount Pleasant Republican has been traveling the state since November, courting supporter from GOP chairmen and potential donors.

Last month, Astorino opened an “Astorino for Governor” campaign account, which allowed him to raise campaign funds at the higher limits set for statewide candidates.

The state Republican Party’s annual convention is scheduled for May in Astorino’s home county at the Hilton Westchester Hotel in Rye Brook.

(Journal News file photo by Peter Carr)

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  1. His Administration has no record of accomplishment and he hasn’t done anything constructive to lower taxes or improve public administration in Westchester. He has based his whole record of moderating tax increases on a program initiated by Andrew Cuomo. The cuts or freezes in taxes that he mentions came from the savings from over 500 retiring County Employees under a NYS incentive plan instituted by Andrew Cuomo in 2010. These savings allowed Astorino to phony up lower tax increases and hire his own campaign staff at taxpayer expense. He has also mismanaged finances which damaged Westchester’s credit rating from Moody’s. If he really wanted to deliver tax reduction to Westchester, as the CE of the highest taxing municipality in the U.S., he should be out there in Westchester getting the 43 municipalities within his jurisdiction to look for efficiencies in the consolidation of services. After he loses the election, the real goal is to use excess campaign funds to buy himself a new house and a vacation home.