Pro-choice groups, Westchester Dems criticize Astorino’s announcement


Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was welcomed to the 2014 campaign trail with a flurry of statements from his critics, from pro-choice groups to environmentalists to the Westchester County Democrats.

The pro-choice groups were first out of the starting blocks, criticizing Astorino for his pro-life stance in a statement and at an unrelated news conference in the minutes before Astorino’s official announcement hit the Web.

A series of environmental groups weighed in next, knocking Astorino for supporting fracking and shale-gas drilling — which he intends to make a major plank of his campaign.

“Rob Astorino’s baseless promotion of fracking in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary is a disservice to all New Yorkers,” Roger Downs, conservation director for the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, said in a statement. “Astorino is grossly exaggerating the potential economic prospects and denying the fact that fracking makes people sick.”

Astorino received support from state Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox — who has contributed cash to his campaign — and the Republican Governors Association, whose executive director said Astorino “gives voters a strong alternative to the tax-and-spend, big government administration Governor Cuomo has imposed upon his state.”

“Goliath, meet David,” Cox said in a statement. “Rob Astorino has proven that a Republican can win in two-to-one Democratic New York.”

The Westchester County Democrats, meanwhile, criticized Astorino for jumping into the race. They’ve repeatedly knocked him for traveling the state courting support for a gubernatorial bid months after he was re-elected to a second term.

“The voters of Westchester deserve a full time county executive; one who put their needs first – not his own personal, political ambition,” Westchester County Legislator Peter Harckham, D-North Salem, said in a statement.

Here’s video of pro-choice groups on Astorino’s announcement:


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  1. These people only want to expand abortion to the 3rd trimester when the fetus is viable.

    Why? I couldn’t tell you, but it goes to show everyone how wacked out they are.

  2. Just Concerned on

    Fracking has the real potential to trash and make unusable the over 100 year work by smart engineers and land conservationists who built and protect the drinking water supply system for NYC and Westchester.

    Smart visionaries designed, built and maintain the important drinking water system; it also supplies water for cities in Westchester such as Yonkers, Mt Vernon, White Plains and others.

    The pro fracking media campaign by foreign and out of state fracking firms will jeopardize all that effort, all that cost, and all that maintenance for their own profits.

    Fracking is stupid and harmful to our drinking water supply.
    It will also endanger the water supply for farms and for livestock such as dairy cows, in New York state.