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Astorino raises $3.4 million so far, $2.4 million on hand

Rob Astorino, Republican challenger for New York State

Rob Astorino, Republican challenger for New York State governor, talks with guests at a barbecue, hosted by the New York State Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge 317 in Hicksville on June 28, 2014. Photo Credit: Uli Seit

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Monday he raised $3.4 million since declaring his candidacy, and has $2.4 million in the bank heading into the heart of the campaign season.

Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to announce Tuesday that he has $40 million to $50 million stockpiled.

Candidates for statewide and state legislative offices must submit their fund-raising and spending totals for the last six months to the state Board of Elections by Tuesday.

Astorino, the current Westchester County executive, received $2.8 million from about 4,000 individual donors, said campaign spokeswoman Jessica Proud. He transferred another $600,000 from his county executive campaign account.

"Rob's message has connected with thousands of voters in every corner of the state," Proud said. "The people that are investing in our campaign are everyday New Yorkers who have joined our movement to save the state. We're enormously proud of that and it's those people who will get us across the finish line in November -- not big money from Hollywood or special interests."

The Cuomo campaign didn't comment.

State election records show Astorino has raised more money at this point in the campaign than recent Republican candidates, such as Carl Paladino in 2010 and John Faso in 2006. Proud also said Astorino has more money than George Pataki did at this point in 1994.

But campaigns have become significantly more expensive and Astorino will badly trail Cuomo when the governor discloses his totals. As of January, the Democrat had $33 million in his campaign coffers.

Astorino repeatedly has maintained he won't need as much money as Cuomo to run an effective campaign. But at this point in the race polls suggest most New Yorkers know very little about him. A recent Marist College survey found that 54 percent of respondents either had no opinion of Astorino or had never heard of him.

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