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Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino makes campaign stop upstate

By WKTV News

OLD FORGE, N.Y. (WKTV) -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was upstate Tuesday telling Old Forge area residents why they should choose him for governor over Andrew Cuomo.

When it comes to the 2014 gubernatorial race, Astorino says war chests don't matter. He's raised $3.5 million- far less than the #33 million Gov. Cuomo had in the bank as of January. But, Astorino he says that's not the number to focus on.

Astorino's average donation is much smaller than Cuomo's and he says that proves he has a large number of supporters- at least 4,000 donors so far.

Astorino told residents if elected governor, he would repeal the Safe Act as well as the controversial Common Core curriculum. He says he would tackle taxes and overregulation with the goal to not only maintain small businesses in New York, but to draw more into the state.

Plus he'd hope to take advantage of something beneath the New York dirt.

"Ten of the 20 worst cities in America are all in New York. Unless we change the policies of high taxation overregulation of all our businesses, including our farms, it's going to get worse and worse and worse. Unless we don't open up and allow natural gas exploration, we're sitting with natural gas under our feet, we're blessed with it, we can do it environmentally safe, move forward like 30 other states are already doing led by Democrats as well and this could really change the region for the better," said Astorino.

Astorino also visited Lowville and attended the Lewis County Fair Tuesday.

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins is also challenging Cuomo.

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