NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has announced he’ll challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November.
“I’m in! Let’s put New York in the winning column again,” Astorino tweeted.
“I’m announcing my candidacy today for governor of New York State because I’m tired of listening to the fairy tale that everything is just great when it’s just the opposite; I’m tired of watching New York’s decline; living in New York shouldn’t sound like a prison sentence, but that’s too often what you hear today,” Astorino said in the video.
He believes the state can do better than it has done under Cuomo’s leadership.
“New York’s number one in all the wrong things under this governor and we’re paying a price for it,” Astorino said. “We have the highest taxes in the country, the worst business climate, the most corrupt government, and the second highest electric rates anywhere.”
On Thursday, Astorino will embark on a Bronx-to-Buffalo statewide whistle stop tour to highlight his pro-business, pro-economic development, pro-gun, pro-charter school platform, CBS 2′ Marcia Kramer reported.
The Republican has predicted he can win enough voters upstate and in the suburbs to overcome the heavy Democratic vote in New York City.