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Rob Astorino

Rob Astorino nominated for Gov., Outlines Path To Victory

(WBEN/AP) One day after accepting the Republican Party nomination to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Rob Astorino was on outlined his hope that he could win in a state that is dominated by Democrats, with an almost  7-1 registration advantage over Republicans.

After  New York Republicans nominated the Westchester County Executive as their candidate in the race for governor Thursday  the newly minted candidate  was on WBEN Friday talking about how his suburban Westchester County base could combine with upstate votes to defeat Cuomo.

"We can win because almost half of the vote comes from upstate. I can lose New York City 70 to 30 and still hit our number, " he said

Astorino's name was placed into nomination at the state Republican party convention Thursday with a speech form Clarence Cong. Chris Collins.   Other candidates nominated include Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci for comptroller and chief of staff to former Gov. George Pataki John Cahill as attorney general.
" People don't understand how a governor's race is won, which is different than a presidential or a U.S. senate race.  The Governor's race for the last in the last 5 gubernatorial elections, 44 to 50 percent of the total vote  comes from upstate New York. And we can win big up here, because the issues are with us....

So we can win because almost half of the vote comes from upstate. I can lose New York City 70 to 30 and still hit our number.  Because the battle then goes to the (NYC) suburbs which Carl (Paladino, the GOP candidate in 201) didn't have . And that's Westchester and Suffolk county. .. That's my base. that's where I was born and raised."

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Astorino says his success in Westchester shows he can appeal to all kinds of voters in heavily Democratic New York, a theme he re-repeated during a Friday morning interview with WBEN's John Zach and Susan Rose on Buffalo's Early News.

In his acceptance speech, Astorino called for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and the repeal of the state's new gun control law. He also attacked Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the state's property taxes being the highest in the country and vowed to repeal the state's Common Core curriculum.

New York Republicans also nominated their first black candidate for lieutenant governor. Chris Moss is the Chemung County Sheriff.

Democrats will endorse Cuomo for a second term at their nominating convention next week, which will be held in Melville on Long Island

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

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