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Astorino to endorse Carvin; Cuomo backs Carlucci
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is throwing his support behind Republican Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin's challenge to veteran U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey in the November elections.
"Joe Carvin has the fiscal skills and discipline Congress desperately needs," the Republican leader said at a news conference Monday at the Hawthorne train station. "As a town supervisor, he has significantly reduced spending, lowered taxes, and worked to eliminate expensive duplication in local government."
If elected, Carvin could be an important ally for Astorino in his battle with the federal government over affordable housing in the county. Astorino has long complained that the Hudson Valley's mostly Democratic congressional delegation has sided with the feds in the protracted feud, which stems from a 2009 settlement between his predecessor, Democrat Andy Spano, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has endorsed state Sen. David Carlucci (D-Clarkstown) for a second term representing Rockland County in Albany.
Carlucci, the youngest member of the Republican-controlled Senate, has been a supporter of many of Cuomo's initiatives (except for his "Tier 6" pension reform plan), including the same-sex marriage law, which was approved last year.
"From David's key support for the state's property tax cap to joining with us in fighting to end decades of delay so a new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee can finally be built, he has proven himself to be a fighter for middle class New Yorkers," Cuomo said in a statement Monday. "To continue rebuilding our economy, reforming state government, and creating jobs in the Hudson Valley and across New York, I need David working with me in Albany, and I hope all voters of the 38th Senate District join me in helping reelect him this November."
Carlucci, 31, faces Janis Castaldi, 59, a former deputy mayor and trustee in the Village of Ossining who is running with the backing of Westchester and Rockland County Republican leaders intent on expanding the GOP's majority in the Senate.