BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Republican from downstate who wants to be the next governor of New York made a campaign stop in Buffalo on Thursday.
After an appearance in the Bronx, Buffalo was Rob Astorino’s second stop on his statewide tour, announcing his gubernatorial candidacy. The Westchester County Executive was introduced by friend and fellow Republican, Congressman Chris Collins.
Astorino has already criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo over the Common Core, his plan to provide free college education for prison inmates, and what Astorino says is Cuomo’s failure to cut taxes and control corruption in Albany.
He faced questions from local reporters about where he stands on other issues, saying he does not favor expanding abortion laws.
He does favor expanding tuition tax credits, that would help middle-class families send their children to private and parochial schools.
Although he’s seen as a Conservative, Astorino says his two successful elections as County Executive show he can work with and appeal to a wide range of voters.
“I’m going to have a conversation with everybody, whether it’s through the media, our own website, Facebook, Twitter. I’m going to have conversations in the street. And that’s what I enjoy the most, by the way. I don’t look at people as a Democrat or a Republican. It’s just like our neighbors. I don’t know what they’re registered as; or if they are registered as a Democrat, we still have a barbecue together. And that’s the same thing with running for office,” Astorino said.
Governor Cuomo already has over $30 million in his campaign fund; Astorino has about $1 million. But Astorino believes he has something more important than money – he believes he has the right message.
He says this race is not unlike when he ran against a popular, well-financed Democratic incumbent in 2009, and won the race for Westchester County Executive.