Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino

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Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino says he has yet to decide whether to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo, even as he criticized the governor's performance.

The Republican says he expects to make a decision on whether to run in the next 60 days. Astorino is considered by Republicans to be one of their best candidates to take on the popular Democratic governor this year.  Astorino visited Albany on Tuesday. He says he's been traveling the state and talking to donors, but is also considering the toll a campaign would take on his family.

MasterCard Expands, Adds Jobs In Westchester, NYC

Dec 13, 2013
Office of the Westchester County Executive

MasterCard is expanding its headquarters in New York’s Hudson Valley and creating a few hundred jobs.

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A poll out Monday shows New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is well-positioned to win re-election. State Republicans say it’s too early to assume an easy win for Cuomo for a second term.

The Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist Poll reveals that Governor Cuomo is a strong, early favorite to win re-election as he heads into 2014. 

That’s Dr. Lee Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie.

Westchester Receives Word Of Bond Ratings

Nov 21, 2013

Westchester’s re-elected county executive is touting his county’s bond ratings, which he says are the best of any county in New York State. Yet a county legislator says there is a troubling piece of information.

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In New York, the Westchester County executive who was just re-elected to a second term says he plans to continue the fiscal agenda from his first term.

Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino scored a decisive win over Democratic New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, a win he attributes to cutting spending and keeping taxes low. He says expect more of the same in the second term.

He also says he plans to work with his new neighbor - New York City’s Democratic Mayor Elect Bill de Blasio.

NYS Republicans See Larger Strength In Local Wins

Nov 6, 2013
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Republicans say their party’s county executive wins in the Hudson Valley and elsewhere in New York State bode well for the 2014 governor’s race.

The New York Republican State Committee’s executive director Michael Lawler was celebrating in Westchester County Tuesday night with supporters of incumbent Republican County Executive Rob Astorino, who won re-election to a second term in a county where Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 2-to-1. Here’s Lawler.

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In New York, Westchester County voters chose to keep their county executive in office another four years.

Incumbent Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino thanked his roomful of supporters for his decisive win.

Democratic challenger Noam Bramson, who surprised even Astorino with how early he conceded the race, addressed his supporters around 10:30 Tuesday night.

As of early Wednesday morning, with 81 percent of districts reporting, Astorino led Bramson 55 percent to 45 percent, with about 76,000 votes to Bramson’s close to 62,000 votes.

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Three counties in the Hudson Valley will stay in Republican hands.

Campaign Mailing Draws Criticism from U.S. Senator

Nov 4, 2013

A closely-watched county executive race in the Hudson Valley has one of New York’s U.S. Senators reacting to what Democrats say is a misleading campaign mailing.

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Two neighboring county executives in New York’s Hudson Valley have unveiled a Web portal to connect college students with internships.

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An event kicking off a number of volunteer activities in Westchester County to commemorate the victims and heroes of September 11 took place Tuesday at Pace University.

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After losing an appeal, a county executive in New York is taking his case to appear on a write-in line for an Independence Party primary to a higher court.

The incumbent Republican in the race for Westchester County executive tried for a write-in bid to force a September primary for the Independence Party line. A party member sued, and now the county executive has appealed the decision. 

In New York, Westchester County legislators have approved legislation as part of a federal 2009 fair and affordable housing settlement.

A newly-formed coalition in New York’s Hudson Valley is seeking relief from unfunded mandates.

Legislators in Westchester County will hold a public hearing next week. It’s part of a process to meet federal demands regarding a 2009 fair and affordable housing settlement. A spokesman for the county executive has said it is the county’s position that it is in compliance with the settlement.

Westchester Launches Food Rescue Program

Apr 30, 2013
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A county executive in the Hudson Valley is kicking off an initiative this afternoon announced during his recent state of the county address – food rescue.

Judge Says No To Westchester's Injunction Request

Apr 28, 2013

A federal court judge Friday denied a request from Westchester County attorneys for a temporary restraining order in relation to an affordable housing settlement.

Office of the Westchester County Executive

The U.S. Attorney has fired off a letter threatening action if the Westchester County Executive does not comply with his demands. The letter has to do with an affordable housing agreement, and the county executive has said he is in compliance.

In New York, Westchester legislators are asking a federal agency for more time before the agency takes away more than $7 million in funding for the county.

Westchester Begins Bus Security Campaign

Apr 19, 2013
Westchester County, Office of the County Executive

A new advertising campaign in a county in New York’s Hudson Valley calls for citizen vigilance.

NYS GOP Chair Floats Names to Challenge Governor Cuomo

Apr 17, 2013
NY GOP Chair Ed Cox
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Five names were recently floated as potential candidates to challenge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 election. Four of the five are in the Hudson Valley.

Ed Cox is chairman of the New York State Republican Party.

One is Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

He refers to running for county executive. And the federal agency he says he is battling is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, over aspects of an affordable housing agreement. As to whether he is ruling out a run for governor, Astorino replies:

Office of the Westchester County Executive

In New York, the Westchester County Executive is asking a federal agency for a hearing after being told that funding would be taken away from the county. The warning came in a letter, and is based on claims the county has failed to comply with a fair housing agreement.

Westchester Increases Security After Boston Explosions

Apr 16, 2013

At least one county executive in New York’s Hudson Valley says security was stepped up Monday as a result of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. And security will remain heightened through at least today.

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Westchester County executive has not complied with a fair housing agreement from 2009. Now, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the county may not receive Superstorm Sandy disaster-relief money directly.  

Office of the Westchester County Executive

A county executive in New York’s Hudson Valley says he has reached an agreement with an organization to revitalize a county-owned amusement park, yet some county legislators are not yet convinced, and say the step forward is premature.

In New York, plans have been afoot to revitalize an amusement park in the Hudson Valley, and an announcement about an agreement to get those plans in motion is expected today.

Students Compete at Westchester Science Fair

Mar 9, 2013
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There’s an Intel-affiliated science and engineering fair today (Sat.) in New York’s Westchester County, during which students are competing for scholarships, and a chance to travel to even bigger science fairs.

County Executive Unveils "Safer Communities" Program

Feb 20, 2013
Westchester County, Office of the County Executive

A county executive in the Hudson Valley is launching an initiative as a response to December’s Newtown, Connecticut mass school shooting. It’s called “Safer Communities”, and it kicks off next week with a symposium on school safety.

They Make a Plea for More Mandate Relief

Feb 1, 2013
Courtesy of Greg Ball

More than a dozen, local elected officials stood with New York State Senator Greg Ball Thursday, urging state lawmakers to pass a comprehensive mandate relief package. They say without mandate relief beyond what Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed in his 2013-2014 budget, municipalities, and school districts will go broke. They assembled at Yorktown Town Hall in Westchester. Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was there.

And here’s Republican Senator from Putnam County Greg Ball.

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