Just ahead of the state Republican convention, gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino announces his running mate. Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss will be on the ticket as the Westchester County Executive's Lieutenant Governor. Capital Tonight's Nick Reisman is in Rye ahead of the convention and has more on Astorino's tenure as Westchester County Executive.
Rob Astorino unseated a three-term Democratic incumbent in 2009, winning big again in 2013. It's those victories in Democratic heavy territory that Astorino says can translate to a statewide win.
"We've been able to work in the legislature in a bipartisan way. We've been able to work with the business community. We've been able to work with the trade unions and we've been able to move forward and get things done in a collaborative way," Astorino said.
But not everyone is convinced. Democrats in Westchester continue to criticize Astorino for his opposition to an affordable housing settlement with the federal government.
"Well, he's put ideology before people. The county is currently in violation of the federal housing settlement because of actions specifically taken by the county executive," said Westchester County Legislator Peter Harkham.
The housing controversy was the subject of an early attack ad from state Democrats. It's an attack Astorino shrugs off.
"They can play all the partisan games they want, but we're going to move our message forward not only in Westchester but take that message around New York State," said Astorino.
His fellow Republicans come to Astorino's defense on the housing issue.
"He's really stuck up for the residents of Westchester," said Westchester County Legislator John Testa.
Astorino, too, has won some legislative successes, pointing to holding the line on taxes and spending in a notoriously expensive county to live in.
"Rob's had an excellent record. I mean, he's gotten done everything he's set out to do," said Westchester County Legislator Michael Smith.
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