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Republican gubernatorial candidate tries to woo upstate voters

By ANNA MEILER

MIDDLEVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) --  Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino tried to woo Herkimer County voters Monday night.

Astorino had some tough words for his democratic opponent, and about 100 local residents came out to the Crystal Chandelier in Middleville to hear what he had to say.

The Westchester County Executive touts himself as a regular, middle class guy who opposes the Common Core and the New York Safe Act.

If elected, he says he would bring down taxes and bridge the ideological gaps between upstate and downstate.

"We're all one New York but the governor has chopped away education aid with the Gap Elimination which has really hurt our schools here in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley. The taxes are driving people out of New York State. The businesses are leaving on their own because they can't make it or because they're forced out because of his views and his arrogance forcing away Remington," said Astorino.

But, according to the latest poll numbers, Astorino's tough talking isn't leading to traction with voters. Democratic Incumbent Andrew Cuomo is leading Astorino by a large margin. Siena College says just shy of 60 percent of New Yorkers would re-elect Cuomo.

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