BUFFALO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended his handling of the economy and government corruption under sharp criticism from Republican Rob Astorino Wednesday night during the only scheduled debate of the governor’s race.
Astorino, the Westchester County executive, said Cuomo has failed to energize the state’s economy since taking office in 2011. He said Cuomo hasn’t done enough to take on corruption, and predicted that Cuomo himself “may be indicted” following allegations that his administration meddled with an anti-corruption commission.
“Four years ago, Andrew Cuomo pretended to be the reformer,” Astorino said. “Unfortunately right now he is swimming in the cesspool of corruption.”
“There’s only one person here that has a criminal defense team. It’s not me, it’s Andrew Cuomo,” Astorino added.
Cuomo, a Democrat, dismissed Astorino as too conservative for the state. He cited his work to pass tax cuts and economic development programs that he said are helping the economy to rebound.
“When you remember where we were and you look at where we are now there’s no doubt the state is better off,” he said.