SLEEPY HOLLOW - Former Gov. George Pataki threw his support behind Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in his bid for re-election.

Pataki, who served three terms as governor and was also mayor of Peekskill, says Astorino's success in dealing with environmental issues is a large factor in his endorsement of his fellow Republican.

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"To have somebody like Governor Pataki, who unquestionably has one of the best records on the environment in the history of this state, that means a lot to me," said Astorino.

A spokesman for Astorino's challenger, Democrat Noam Bramson, says many of the achievements cited by Pataki were inherited from Andy Spano, Astorino's predecessor.