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Rob Astorino would give Andrew Cuomo a run for his money in the 2014 governor's race, according to New York State Republican Party Chairman Edward Cox. In a meeting with Newsday's editorial board on Monday, Cox said that the Westchester County executive was extremely positive about the possibility of challenging Cuomo in the fall. Cox recently set up a meeting between Astorino and New Jersey Governor...Read more »
In his bid for re-election, Rob Astorino didn't get the Westchester Independence Party's nomination for county executive. It went to Democrat Noam Bramson.
No big surprise there.
That party's boss, Giulio Cavallo, endorsed Astorino in 2009, but soon after became disenchanted with the Republican. Now, as Cavallo was doling out endorsements this week, he's saying that Astorino is too far...Read more »
Before losing the Democratic nod to run for Westchester County executive, Ken Jenkins gave a rousing speech.
He was clear, focused and inspired.
He was part preacher, part politician, and didn’t fumble around for words or speak in circles. In all my years covering county government, it was the best I’ve ever seen Jenkins.
Before a crowd of roughly 2,000 Democrats at the Westchester...Read more »
Much of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino's fourth State of the County address Tuesday night sounded like his others: He pledged another year with no tax increase, touted his plans for changing Playland and outlined his efforts to promote business and spur economic development — all while protecting social services.
And there were shout-outs to county residents who accomplished great...Read more »
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s name is among those being tossed around for a potential gubernatorial run in 2014 but don’t expect to see his name on the top of any GOP ticket.
He’s not looking to relocate to the executive mansion in Albany. Not next year, anyway, since the governor is even considered by many Republicans to be unbeatable.
The first term Republican is among...Read more »
Score one for the Dems.
Democrats on the Westchester County Board of Legislators won one of its many legal challenges against County Executive Rob Astorino.
This latest suit was a dispute over an appointment to the Board of Acquisition and Contracts, a powerful trio historically made up of the county executive, the county board chairman and the public works commissioner, an Astorino...Read more »
And then there were three.
A New York State Supreme Court justice on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Westchester County Board of Legislators against County Executive Rob Astorino, whittling the number of court fights between the two branches down to three.
The dismissal left both sides claiming victory, though it’s more likely to leave taxpayers scratching their heads: They’re...Read more »
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino added about $100,000 on Thursday night to a growing war chest that he’ll need to fend off a Democratic challenger this fall in his bid for a second term.
The Republican, whose fundraiser at the Double Tree Hotel in Tarrytown cost top donors $5,000 a piece, mingled with the 350 or so guests, including business leaders, public officials, GOP and Conservative...Read more »