(WBEN) After saying he's leaning toward running, Republican Rob Astorino says he'll announce Wednesday whether he's challenging Andrew Cuomo for governor of New York.
In a series of Twitter messages released Tuesday, the Westchester County executive says he'll reveal his decision in a "video news release."
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and earlier in January predicting a possible run
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Astorino, On WBEN's Buffalo's Early News just last week (HEAR IT HERE) hinted the announcement would come this Friday at a trip to Binghamton. That would have been one day after other potential candidate Donald Trump was expected to speak in Washington - at an event that Erie County Conservative Party Chair Ralph Lorigo has said could be when Trump decides on his own run.
"He is speaking at the C-PAC Convention," Lorigo said, saying that early March would be when the candidate announcements are most likely to be made.
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According to Lorigo- who was one of several statewide leaders to meet with Trump last month-- Trump has recently softened his earlier opposition to running against Astorino, and now says he would go to the Republican Party convention in May, but will not be in a full blown primary against Astorino
Hint number two about a possible Trump announcement: The Onondaga County Republican Committee says Trump will be in Syracuse for an event on March 11.
Astorino faces challenges in name recognition and fundraising. He's trailing badly in polls.
But he has predicted he can win enough voters upstate and in the suburbs to overcome the heavy Democratic vote in New York City.
Astorino has been easily elected county executive twice in Westchester, where Democrats heavily outnumber Republicans.
Cuomo, who lives in Westchester, has not publicly addressed an Astorino candidacy. But he has mentioned Westchester's heavy taxes. Astorino has kept county property taxes flat throughout his time in office.
Astorino is 46 and lives in Mount Pleasant.
|Astorino's Official Biography from Westchestergov. com|
|Astorino was elected in November 2009 after running a successful campaign to streamline county government and bring tax relief to homeowners and businesses. His message resonated with voters across Westchester as he was elected with 58 percent of the vote.
Astorino was first elected to public office at age 21, serving as a member of the Mount Pleasant Board of Education. During his tenure, he also served as the board’s vice president. He went on to serve for 12 years as a councilman on the Mount Pleasant Town Board, including six years as deputy supervisor. In 2003, he was elected to the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
Before taking office as County Executive, Astorino had a long career in the radio industry. He was the station manager and program director of The Catholic Channel on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio and hosted a weekly radio show from St. Patrick’s Cathedral with the archbishop of New York. In 2001, he helped launch ESPN Radio in New York. He became the station’s senior producer, and was executive producer of “The Michael Kay Show.
|He has also held a wide range of volunteer and civic positions. He has served on the Westchester Business Council’s Government Action Committee, the Mount Pleasant Rotary, the North Castle Land Trust, and the Hudson Valley Greenway. He also served two terms as vice chairman of the Westchester County Board of Ethics.
Astorino earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at Fordham University, where he also minored in Spanish and Political Science. In 2001, he studied in Barcelona, Spain, and received a Spanish Immersion Diploma from the Enforex School of International Studies.
The county executive is a lifelong resident of Westchester. He and his wife, Sheila, live in Hawthorne and are the parents of three young children: Sean, 10; Kiley Rose, 8; and Ashlin Grace