Republican Rob Astorino Stops in Cortland to Campaign For Governor's Race
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino who is challenging Democrat Andrew Cuomo's bid for reelection was in Cortland yesterday as part of a tour through Central New York. During his stop he took time to outline some of his platform.
Astorino who currently serves as the Westchester County Executive made stops in Vestal and Norwich yesterday and he attended the Cortland noon Rotary Club meeting where he had lunch with fellow Rotarians.
Astorino took the opportunity to blast his opponent for not allowing natural gas development to move forward in the State specifically hydrofracking. Astorino says the State DEC reports at least 25,000 jobs could be created through natural gas exploration.
Astorino also says he wants to tackle the regulatory burdens that keep businesses from staying in New York and hurts expansion of existing companies .
Astorino says he knows how to create jobs, his county has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state. 30 thousand jobs were added in Westchester County last year alone.
Astorino blasted the Governor and legislators for refusing to address the cost of state mandates that are placing greater burdens on local property tax payers.
Astorino says for those that are dissatisfied with the direction of state government they have an opportunity to change it in November.
Cortland County republican Party Chair John Folmer said he was pleased that Astorino took time to visit Cortland, and despite the funding disadvantage and lack of name recognition, Folmer felt confident that Astorino can beat Cuomo.
Astorino is expected to naming his pick for Lieutenant Governor soon, he expects to make the decision within the next few days.