COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - The state republican party is making it official, picking Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino to lead an aggressive and united campaign against Governor Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 gubernatorial race. Republicans wrapped up their state party convention Thursday, after nominating Astorino and hosted an annual GOP spring dinner with Astorino and Chemung County Sheriff, Chris Moss, the candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
According to Astorino, New York State has the highest property taxes in the country, the worst economic outlook, the highest overall tax burden and it is rated the worst place to retire in America.
"New York loses more families than any other state," Astorino said. "we're on pace to lose more than 400,000 New Yorkers in just for years."
Although it was never in Astorino's plan to run for this position, he says due to the states negative climate, he feels compelled to make it a safer, more affordable and appealing place to live.
"No one thought I could win in Westchester County which is a million people," Astorino said. "It's 49% democrat and 29% republican. People would say, you're a republican, why would you win? I said, because Westchester and its millions of people are being taxed out of their homes, people are fleeing, spending like crazy and they were on the wrong track."
Astorino plans to visit each county in the state with his running mate, until all of New York knows him and his message.
Sheriff Chris Moss said he and Astorino have the same goals for the state.
"I think County Executive Astorino has great idea," Moss said."I'm in line with him on natural gas exploration, the safe act, the common core. Our ideals are identical."
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is visiting Utica Friday, May 16. He is scheduled for a meet and greet at Swifty's Restaurant.
The 2014 New York gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014.