Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announces run for New York governor

The Republican will begin an uphill battle to unseat current Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Republican will begin an uphill battle to unseat current Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (3/5/14)

ALBANY - (AP) A top county official from New York City's northern suburbs is officially launching his uphill fight to unseat New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
    
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, announced Wednesday in a video that the idea that things are great in New York is a "fairy tale."
    
State Republicans hold their nominating convention in May. Celebrity businessman Donald Trump has said he would consider a run if the party unifies behind him.
    
Cuomo, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, is far ahead in polls, name recognition and fundraising. But Astorino argues New York is moving in the wrong direction and Cuomo is beatable.
    
The 46-year-old Astorino was easily elected in November to his second term as the head of government in suburban Westchester.
    
Twice as many Democrats live in New York than Republicans.

For Rob Astorino's gubernatorial announcement, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.

 

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