Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says his three school-aged children won't be participating in new testing standards as part of the Common Core exams starting this week. The Republican candidate for governor of New York released a video statement on his website Monday explaining he made the decision along with his wife Sheila, a special education teacher.

Common Core is being implemented in schools across the country, but it has been heavily criticized by many parents and educators.

Officials in Westchester County Thursday will present a training program on youth mental health.

There is a plan in the works to bring an affiliate team of the NBA’s New York Knicks to Westchester County. It’s on a county board’s agenda Thursday.

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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
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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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