Astorino accepts GOP nomination for Governor
Rob Astorino accepted the Republican nomination for Governor at the state party convention in Westchester, saying Governor Cuomo hasn’t live up to his promises to improve the state.
Rob Astorino was nominated in his home county of Westchester, where he is the County Executive. He painted a grim picture of the state, saying New York is 50th out of the 50 states in high taxes, economic outlook, and corruption. And he blames it all on bad government.
“What have our politicians done? They’ve nearly ruined a once great state,” Astorino said. “The statistics scream incompetence.”
Astorino says Governor Cuomo has failed to deliver on promises to bring the state back, and the GOP nominee says now it should be his turn to try. Astorino says he knows the state can’t immediately be number one in attracting business, but could perhaps become the most competitive state in the Northeast. He says he would repeal the gun control laws known as the SAFE Act, and championed by Cuomo, and get rid of the new national Common Core educational standards.
“As governor, I’ll get rid of Cuomo’s Common Core that is robbing our children of their natural love of learning,” he said, to cheers from the audience.
And he says he’d authorize hydro-fracking in the state, which he refers to as natural gas exploration. After his speech, Astorino derided Governor Cuomo’s hesitation on fracking, which has included a year and a half on going health review.
“You’ve got the governor continuously sitting on his hands, and not making a decision because he’s afraid of Yoko Ono or whomever,” said Astorino.
The republican candidate is the underdog in the race. He’s severely underfunded, compared to Governor Cuomo’s $33 million dollar war chest. But he says he believes there is a path to victory.
“I’m not giving up any votes,” said Astorino, who said he plans to travel to all regions and neighborhoods.
Astorino says the fact that Cuomo is already on TV with negative ads against him is a sign that the race is competitive.
The GOP candidate says if he wins, he’ll impose term limits on himself. He says he would leave after two elections.
County Sherriff is #2 on the GOP Ticket
Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss will be the first African American GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, now that he’s been nominated at the Republican convention.
Moss, says he grew up just outside Elmira, on a farm, and where his father ran a restaurant. But he says he’s seen his hometown decline over the years, people have left and drugs and crime have risen.
Moss believes hydro-fracking could help the economy. But the two time elected sheriff received the loudest applause when he called for repeal of the gun control laws championed by Cuomo and known as the SAFE Act.
“We’re going to enact smart gun legislation, that isn’t against the property owner, the law abiding citizen,” Moss said, as the audience stood to applaud. “That legislation should have been geared towards criminals and towards helping to make sure that firearms don’t fall into the hands of the mentally ill.”
Moss says he also wants to fight corruption in state government, saying the Capitol’s culture gives “organized crime a whole new meaning”.