Astorino To Announce Whether Hell Run For Governor

03.05.14 | Bob Price

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is widely expected to announce a run for governor Wednesday, when he will release an online video announcing his decision.

On his Twitter account Tuesday, Astorino said he will release a video message Wednesday informing the public of whether he intends to seek the Republican nomination to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November.

In recent days, several GOP leaders and party chairmen at the county level said they believe he will be entering the race, while Astorino himself has said he has been strongly leaning toward a run.

“Announcing decision on whether to run for governor of NY in video news release Wednesday,” Astorino tweeted Tuesday. “Time and details to follow. Please Stay tuned!”

Astorino, of Mount Pleasant, was easily elected to a second term in November in heavily Democratic Westchester. Last month, he opened an “Astorino for Governor” campaign account, allowed him to raise campaign funds at the higher limits set for statewide candidates.

He has crafted a potential campaign message over the past few months, repeatedly making the case that New York is “losing” under Cuomo’s lead.

He’s knocked Cuomo’s indecision on hydraulic fracturing -- a technique used with shale-gas drilling that has been on hold since 2008 -- while attempting to tie the Democrat to the state’s oft-criticized rollout of the Common Core, a set of more-stringent education standards for students.

But Astorino would face an uphill climb in challenging Cuomo, who has enjoyed high marks in public opinion polls since taking office in 2011. A Siena College poll last month showed Cuomo with a large lead in a potential matchup, with 64 percent of New York voters backing Cuomo to 22 percent for Astorino.

Seventy-three percent of voters said they didn’t know Astorino or had no opinion of him.

Bijoy Datta, the Broome County Republican chairman, said he expects Astorino will unveil a gubernatorial bid. Astorino, he said, can expect support from many upstate party leaders.