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Astorino stages fundraiser at Tarrytown hotel
Supporters of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino flocked to the DoubleTree hotel in Tarrytown on Thursday night for a fundraising event in which top donors gave $5,000 to join the Republican in a special VIP room.
The event will help Astorino add to the more than $2.2 million in campaign funds he already has accumulated for his reelection campaign. Astorino will face a yet-to-be-determined Democratic challenger in November.
Sipping a glass of white wine in the VIP room, an engineer who declined to be named said he supported Astorino because the Republican fought hard to restrain taxes and curb spending but also worked not to enact Draconian cuts on social services.
“I like the balanced approach he takes to government,” the man said.
Downstairs, in a larger conference room where donors noshed on steak tips and drank beer and wine, Westchester County Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett warmed up the crowd of around 350 people by touting Astorino's successes since he was elected in 2010.
“You know what we're celebrating?” Plunkett asked the crowd. “We're celebrating the resurgence of Westchester County under the leadership of Rob Astorino!”
When Astorino took the podium, he first gave a shoutout to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, a New Rochelle native who played a key role in the team's recent Super Bowl victory.
“Are you not proud of Ray Rice?” he said. “How cool is that?”
The county executive then grew serious, wrapping up his speech to let the crowd go back to mingling.
“The politics will come this year,” he said. “Until then, we're focused on governing.”