Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced in a video Wednesday morning that he will challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the fall.
Astorino posted the video on his website, RobAstorino.com, featuring his many reasons why New York is declining under Cuomo’s reign.
“I’m tired of listening to the fairytale that everything is just great when it’s just the opposite,” Astorino said in the video. “I’m tired of watching New York’s decline.”
Astorino, a Republican, is seeking the Republican nomination against Cuomo, a Democrat, who is up for re-election this year. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, said last week that he would support the GOP candidate for governor.
The Westchester county executive was elected for a second term in November. Westchester is Cuomo’s home county, which also has the highest property taxes in the nation.
Astorino has traveled the state over the past several weeks meeting with potential supporters. He has also pushed back against several of Cuomo’s proposals in the 2014-15 state budget.
“I have a simple question for New Yorkers,” Astorino said. “As a state, are we winning or are we losing? Because if New York is winning, re-elect Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But if New York is losing, and the evidence says it is, we need to make a change.”
Astorino voiced opposition for the state’s Common Core learning standards, which has received widespread criticism from educators and parents statewide. He also said he supports hydraulic fracturing for job creation in the Southern Tier.
“New York is No. 1 in all of the wrong things under this governor, and we are paying a price for it,” Astorino said.
He called Cuomo’s START-UP NY business tax incentive program “a gimmick” and slammed Cuomo for the state’s high taxes, “unfriendly” business climate and “corrupt” government.
“There is a lot of work to be done to turn this state around,” Astorino said. “But the good news is that we know how to do it. We just need political will, courage and leadership.”