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Rob Astorino
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino talks to reporters at the state Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. The Republican who's considering a run for governor says incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo should apologize for �divisive� and �intolerant� comments about extreme conservatives. Astorino says he�ll decide in February whether to challenge Cuomo, whose Friday radio comments he called �unacceptable.� (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Astorino Challenges Cuomo to Debates

New York, NY (WBEN) Rob Astorino is throwing down the gauntlet, and challenging Governor Cuomo to a series of regional debates.

"New York is a vast and diverse state with many needs and nuances. Issues that might arise in a Binghamton debate, might not apply to voters in Brighton Beach, and vice versa," contends Astorino, and is challenging Cuomo to a total of at least eight debates, one in each of the state's regions.

"Let's debate in Western, NY; Central NY; the North Country; the Southern Tier; in the Capital Region, Hudson Valley, New York City and one just for Long Island. So community organizations, schools and news outlets interested in sponsoring a debate should get in touch with both our campaigns, adds Astorino.

No word yet from the governor's office.

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