But Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino claims similar numbers. Let the battle begin.
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on his campaign and Trump:
and earlier in January predicting a possible run
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Prof. Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany
Ken Lovett, Albany Chief, NY Daily News
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GOP Analyst Carl Calabrese
"I feel very comfortable that we have enough of the county chairs from around the state that we would at the very least qualify for the ballot and at the best, win the 76 percent plus to take the nomination," Astorino tells WBEN, adding that "no matter what Donald Trump ultimately decides to do, I'm going to make my decision no matter what he does."
Any candidate that receives 50 percent of the weighted vote at May's GOP convention becomes the standard bearer. Anyone who receives 25 percent can be on the ballot in a primary without having to gather petitions statewide. Therefore, if Trump- or Astorino- were able to garner 76 percent of the vote even before the convention, he could make the other's candidacy a lot harder- if not impossible. And Trump has said he won't run in a primary battle.
Astorino's candidacy received a boost Tuesday when state Conservative Party chair Michael Long spoke of giving him that party's support- a crucial step for any statewide Republican candidate.
"I’m ready to move out in front for him [Astorino] as soon he announces," Long told The New York Post. "I believe Rob is going to be the Republican candidate, and I believe he’s the right candidate for this race."
A delegation of county chairmen- including Erie County's Nick Langworthy (pictured L) - are expected to meet with Trump once again Wednesday to try and determine if the billionaire will be running.
Trump has met with Republican leaders and has pledged to spend tens of millions of dollars on a potential campaign, though those are the same kind of motions he’s made once before for governor and several times for president over the years without ever actually jumping in.
Trump, who Forbes estimates is worth $3.5 billion, has vowed that he’ll only run if the state’s Republican Party rallies behind him and he faces no challengers for the nomination.
“I’ve said it very clearly: If the Republican Party can unify and get their act together, I would spend the money and run,” Trump said.
So Who Is Rob Astorino?
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Rob Astorino is well known in Westchester County, but not much is known about him in Western New York.
|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
Westchester County GOP Chairman Doug Colety says Astorino will run for governor.
Colety is a fan, saying that Astorino keeps his promises to voters, and he understands the importance of job creation.
Colety says Astorino has been holding the line on taxes, and has been in a legal fight against the federal government.
"He's been in a legal battle with HUD, who's trying to put governmental housing here by ignoring local zoning," explains Colety. "They just place housing anywhere they want, and Astorino has managed to put their feet to the fire."
No Matter what Trump or Astorino Do... They Will Have Competition from More than Gov. Cuomo
Remember this guy?
Jimmy McMillan, who leapt to fame with a wildly unorthodox appearance at the 2010 gubernatorial debate featuring Gov. Cuomo and Bufalo's Carl Paladino- says he will run again.
Here's his campaign announcement released late Monday.
“We Are Ready”
February 10, 2014 Jimmy McMillan
(Announcement Soon To Be Made In Early March)
Jimmy McMillan of the “Rent Is Too Damn High Party” is making preparations to run for Governor of the State of New York in 2014. Governor Andrew Cuomo has been a big disappointment to the people in the State of New York. Three (3 ½ ) years of sitting in Albany the Governor are yet to address and resolved the most critical issues dealing with the People and State. What could have been done should have been done but this Governor Andrew Cuomo simply doesn’t know how to do it. The most critical areas (Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan and Queens) that effect the people the most are in Apartment/ Housing where the Governor himself is apart of the (Ponzi’s) Bernie Madoff style corruption that exist in these areas . He must go! Using the brain washing style of Bernie Madoff that is better known in my camp as the Democratic Strategy of Hypnosis. He lied just to become Governor of the State of New York to satisfy his ego. Like Father like Son. At Hofstra University in the 2010 Gubernatorial Debate. I laid out a blueprint for governors and heads of States to follow for not only to get the State of New York going in the right economic direction but the entire Country and that message was totally ignored.
1. I spoke of New York State becoming an independent State of resources. New York State having its own everything. Cellophane company, Light & Gas Company. The possibilities are endless.
2. I spoke of reducing the cost of living for the “PEOPLE”
3. I spoke of fighting to waving college tuition for all New Yorkers
4. I spoke of economic growth, job creation and job development. New Yorkers, New York. New York, New Yorkers. My mission was to revitalize the ailing economy then and now! In 2015 it will be done.
Jimmy McMillan Is Back for Governor in 2014