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Astorino, NY GOP look to repeat Pataki’s 1994 win

RYE BROOK (AP) — Freshly nominated by his party, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino on Thursday promised an aggressive campaign against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and said he’s confident he can win over Democrats and independents frustrated with the slow pace of economic recovery.

Speaking to delegates at the party’s convention, Astorino, the Westchester County executive, said he supports hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, opposes the state’s new Common Core academic assessments and, if elected, would repeal new gun control measures deeply unpopular with gun rights supporters.

“They’ve nearly ruined a once-great state,” Astorino said of Cuomo and other leaders he blamed for the state’s woes. “They’ve murdered innovation and chased away the dreamers.”

Before adjourning their convention in Astorino’s home county on Thursday, the state GOP endorsed Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss for lieutenant governor. Neither men had any competition for the nominations.