Astorino To Make Call On Gubernatorial Run Friday

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County Executive Rob Astorino said he and his exploratory committee will convene on Friday, Feb. 28 to make a decision about moving forward with a gubernatorial run. Photo Credit: Filed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said he and his exploratory committee will convene on Friday, Feb. 28 to make a decision about moving forward with a gubernatorial run.

Astorino, who announced a new job initiative for Westchester in White Plains on Monday, said he was committed to making a decision by the end of the month, and would publicly announce his decision in "a matter of days."

He intimated a press conference would not occur over the weekend, suggesting a possible Monday announcement. 

The county executive explained his vacillating during the exploratory process as being symptomatic of a condensed time frame, citing his election in November and subsequent budget negotiations as roadblocks in performing due diligence and talking to people in 62 counties.

"There's only eight months left in this race," he said. "If this had started a year ago, things might be different."

He dispelled rumors suggesting he would be running a practice campaign to garner name recognition for future races.

"If I'm going to run, I'm going to run to win - not to carry a flag. So it's important we have all of our ducks in a row," he said.

He cited money as his biggest challenge during the exploratory phase, saying regardless of how many donations he receives, his budget will not match incumbent Andrew Cuomo's. 

"You don't go into something like this without enough money in your pockets," he said. "If I believe I can win, and I have the resources to get my message out, then I will run." 

As for his potential rival for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump, Astorino said while he takes the multi-billionaire seriously, he's not all that worried.

"At this point, he just needs to decide if he's going to run or not. If he does decide to run, there will be a primary, and that might be a good thing because then we can both get our messages out," he said.

He added he would invite Trump to support his run, should he decide to sit this one out.

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cjmesq:

Go Rob! NYers despise the tyrannical leftist Cuomo, with his anti-2nd Amendment law shoved down our throats, his anti-growth policies and his past as secretary of HUD under Clinton. Cuomo's policies gave rise to the 2008 economic collapse and he has yet to account.

Activist Bill:

Cuomo is in the pockets of the Wall Street bankers who caused the 2008 economic collapse, so that's why he won't/can't account for his refusal to charge and convict them.

cjmesq:

Go Rob! NYers despise the tyrannical leftist Cuomo, with his anti-2nd Amendment law shoved down our throats, his anti-growth policies and his past as secretary of HUD under Clinton. Cuomo's policies gave rise to the 2008 economic collapse and he has yet to account.

OnlyInGreenburgh:

Feiner speaks out of both sides of his mouth, as usual. I don't recall him giving up his salary every two years when he is campaigning 24/7. Not only does he do it on taxpayer dollars, he uses Town resources as well. Constant duplicative mailings touting the great job he is doing under the guise of "public information." - put up or shut up!

robrett:

Mr. Astorino is doing a wonderful job. We can only hope that he does run - he would make a superb governor.

GreenburghDad:

not at all. like i said, he doesn't have a chance. he was always the front runner in the race against Bramson. Bramson had a very poorly run campaign, and poor record on taxes. he doesn't have a chance at Gov

paulfeiner:

If Rob plans to run to win - he will need to devote full time attention to fundraising and getting around the state. Which means---he won't be able to devote time to his job as County Executive. He should not accept his $160,000+ salary from county taxpayers. His campaign should pay his salary.
If Rob doesn't put in a 40 hour week at the County Office Building, other employees of the county government will also be motivated to rip taxpayers off and not give us the attention to the jobs they are being paid to do.
The County Executive should set a positive example for others.
PAUL FEINER
Greenburgh Town Supervisor

Activist Bill:

Mr. Feiner, if Mr. Astorino was a Democrat, you'd give him a pass and not even bring up this nonsubject.

bill of rights:

so Cuomo shouldn't campaign either? according to you he would be spending time campaigning instead of doing his governors duties. paul, since were on a first name basis, i suspect you want Cuomo. the example Cuomo has set should get him kicked out of the governors mansion. party politics.
ASTORINO FOR NY GOVERNOR!

Fifth Ave Guy:

So Cuomo should resign as Gov. if he wins & then decides run for Prez?

That's failed logic for you. Must come from a politician.

GreenburghDad:

is he really delusional enough to think he can actually win the Governors race?

Fifth Ave Guy:

He wasn't supposed to beat Spano either and he did.

He wasn't supposed to beat Bramson and he did.

Astorino won both of these races by more than 10%.

People care & so should you. I do. How about you?

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