Astorino Says Focus Is On Re-Election, Not Run For Governor

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said Tuesday his focus is re-election in November, not the governor's mansion.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said Tuesday his focus is re-election in November, not the governor's mansion. Photo Credit: File

YONKERS, N.Y. – Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is not ruling out a run for the governor’s mansion in 2014.

But for now, Astorino said the only election he was concerning himself with was the race for county executive in November.

“I’m not ruling anything in or out,” he said Tuesday after a Town Hall meeting in Yonkers. “But the only thing I’m concerned about and the only thing I’m focused on is running for re-election.”

Talk about Astorino’s potential run for the state’s top position was fueled this week when New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox told Gannett’s Albany bureau that Astorino was one of five state Republicans considering a run for governor.

Cox noted Astorino’s ability to win office in the primarily Democratic Westchester County as a plus for the GOP as it looks for a candidate to challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to the report.

The county executive said Tuesday the speculation was flattering but insisted he is focused on the job at hand.

“What other people say or suggest is nice, but it’s not my concern right now,” Astorino said.

“I really have my work cut out for me this year,” he added. “There’s a lot of issues I have to deal with and I’m focused on the county and I’m focused on the election in November.”

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Countenancing the destruction of a County-owned asset valued at upwards of $15,000,000 without compensation to taxpayers whose wallets funded the former WESTHelp facility is clearly not an accomplishment.

Countenancing the destruction of 108 units, built as affordable housing, while there is a County-wide list of those in need of affordable housing is clearly not an accomplishment.

Countenancing the destruction of 108 units, built as affordable housing, while the County is bound by a Federal decree, reasonable or not, is clearly not an accomplishment.

Playing poker with taxpayers' chips and then rubbing salt on an open wound is clearly not an accomplishment.

Selling out County residents to curry favor with (reader's choice) his lapdog Ned McCormack (of Ferncliff/Mayfair-Knollwood "Manor" born, or the dog named Rob being walked by McCormack is clearly not the qualities sought in either a County Executive or Governor of New York.

For the purpose of recording the unemployment rate, a zero sum equation November would be the result were Mr. Astorino to lose his job while another takes his place.

Vote sensibly.

Hal Samis

Astorino was left with a tremendous mess by Spano, who did nothing for the people but everything for his wealthy friends and supporters. Astorino is being accused of the same, but then. most if not all politicians are only interested in what they can get for themselves.

No chance. Needs to ave accomplished something.

Problem is in this democratic state and one where dem's continue to hand out the goodies no republican is going to win especially Astorino. His social programs are not going to improve the economic environment of this state. He has done nothing to lower taxes and make this a more business friendly state which is why people continue to leave. The problem is who can the republican party put up against him to beat him it's sad to say I can't name one.

Cuomo is a lousy pol. Big government, high-taxation leftist, who won't allow fracking, which would immediately create hundreds of thousands of jobs in economically-depressed areas of NY.

Cuomo thinks he is some big-time national pol, but he is his father's son: A phony whose only claim to fame is political expediency.