ALBANY — A top county official from New York City’s northern suburbs announced Wednesday that he will run for governor, launching an uphill fight to unseat heavily favored incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The video announcement makes official what has become increasing apparent this year as the Republican, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, crisscrossed the state and lobbed criticisms at the governor on the state’s taxes, business climate and sluggish population growth.
“I’m tired of listening to the fairy tale that everything is just great when it’s just the opposite. I’m tired of watching New York’s decline,” Astorino said in the video posted on his campaign website.
New York Republicans will hold their nominating convention in May. Celebrity businessman Donald Trump has said he would consider a run if the state party unifies behind him.