Rob Astorino

4:05pm

Wed October 1, 2014
Politics

Candidates for governor disagree on upstate New York economic recovery

Downtown Buffalo, NY.
Ken Lund Flickr

With less than five weeks to go until Election Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says upstate New York is much improved economically from when he came into office four years ago.

Cuomo said the impact of large-scale investments throughout upstate, including the famed "Buffalo Billion," designed to create thousands of jobs in the western portion of the state, are rejuvenating the economy.

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8:08pm

Tue September 30, 2014
Politics

Hawkins open to all credible candidates debating, but wants criteria in place

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins says he should be involved in this fall's debates because he is the only progressive running. (file photo)
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins says every debate leading up to the fall election should be televised statewide and that he should be included.

During a teleconference with reporters Tuesday morning, Hawkins said his poll numbers make him a credible candidate.

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7:07am

Tue September 30, 2014
Politics

Astorino, underdog in governor's race, relies on creativity

GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino is far behind in the polls and in fundraising, compared to incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But Astorino is making the most of his campaign and is quick to improvise or bend a situation to his advantage. He also maintains that he expects to win.

Since last winter, Astorino, who currently serves as Westchester County executive, has been determinedly traveling the state and expounding on a core message that he lays out in an introductory video.

“As a state, are we winning or are we losing?” Astorino asks.

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7:01am

Mon September 29, 2014
Politics

Cuomo runs Zen campaign -- says he's campaigning by not campaigning

Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke to the New York State Business Council last week.
governorandrewcuomo Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not running the typical campaign. In fact, it could be called the Zen campaign.

The incumbent governor with a $35 million war chest who is well ahead in the polls, is employing a classic Rose Garden strategy. He seldom holds an overtly political event, and his limited public schedule often includes a carefully stage managed  economic development announcement.

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8:01pm

Sun September 28, 2014
Politics

Cuomo agrees to two debates

Ryan Delaney WRVO (file photo)

Incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s agreed to two debates with his opponents, both on public broadcasting. But his GOP challenger is angered because the formats do not include a televised contest between the Democratic and Republican candidates.

Cuomo says he’s accepted an invitation to debate on television in Buffalo, along with GOP candidate Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and the Libertarian Party’s Michael McDermott.

The governor has also agreed to a radio debate in New York City. It will be a one-on-one between Cuomo and Astorino.  

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4:36pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Politics and Government

Cuomo ahead in governor's race, but new poll shows weakness

The New York state Capitol building.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

A new poll finds that six weeks before elections, Gov. Andrew Cuomo maintains a double-digit lead against his Republican opponent, but the governor’s job performance rating has hit an all-time low.

The Siena Research Institute poll finds Cuomo continues to be around 30 points ahead of Republican challenger Rob Astorino, leading 56 to 27 percent. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins received seven percent.

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3:48pm

Thu September 25, 2014
Politics

Oneida County Executive upset with Astorino comments on Nano Utica

GOP candidate Rob Astorino discusses his campaign plans during a recent visit to Oswego. (file photo)
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino has been traveling the state criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo's attempts to invest money in parts of New York to spur economic development. During a recent interview with Utica radio station WIBX, Astorino called the Mohawk Valley's $1.5 billion Nano Utica project "smoke and mirrors." Astorino also said the Mohawk Valley is not really experiencing an economic recovery.

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6:24am

Tue September 23, 2014
Politics and Government

At fall meeting, Dems focus on portraying GOP opponents in a negative light

Kathy Hochul, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, speaks at the fall meeting of the New York State Democratic Committee.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

State Democrats say their prime strategy to motivate voters this fall will be to paint Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Republican opponent as an ultra-conservative who has a negative view about New York.  

Kathy Hochul, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, went on the attack against Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino, saying the GOP opponent and his running mate are too conservative and his portrayal of the state as economically troubled and dysfunctional is too pessimistic.

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6:18am

Tue September 23, 2014
Politics

Rob Astorino: Onondaga Lake amphitheater will sit empty

Artist rendering for a proposed $80 million concert venue along Onondaga Lake.
Onondaga County

A concert venue along Onondaga Lake is not the economic development project the state should be investing in, according to Rob Astorino, the Republican running for governor of New York.

Astorino, the Westchester county executive, said Monday a proposed 17,000 seat concert amphitheater for the west side of Onondaga Lake will be a hollow space.

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4:52pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Politics

Hawkins polling well in Syracuse, hampers Cuomo's lead over Astorino

Howie Hawkins is running for governor this fall as a Green Party candidate. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Green Party's Howie Hawkins might be lagging in the race for New York state governor, but in Syracuse he's getting much higher poll numbers than the rest of the state.

According to a recently released Syracuse.com/Post-Standard,/Siena College Research Institute poll, Hawkins is supported by nearly one out of every four voters in the city of Syracuse.

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3:43pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Politics and Government

Cuomo, Astorino have rare encounter at business conference

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during the Business Council of New York State's annual meeting Friday.
governorandrewcuomo Flickr

The Republican candidate for governor temporarily upstaged incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, when Rob Astorino appeared unexpectedly at the Business Council of New York State's annual meeting and attempted to talk to the governor.

Astorino addressed the Business Council Thursday night, in a speech scheduled months ago. Cuomo did not commit to speak to the group at its annual meeting on Lake George until the conference had already started, and Cuomo chose a Friday morning time slot.  

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10:24am

Fri September 19, 2014
Business

Astorino says business climate in NY state is grim

file photo
Rob Astorino for Governor

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino received a mostly polite reception from the state’s biggest business lobby at their annual meeting in Lake George.

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5:30am

Thu September 18, 2014
Politics

Pro-Cuomo ad criticized for photoshopping opponent's son out of picture

Rob Astorino (second from left) greets supporters while in Oswego earlier this week.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

This election season seems to feature more than the usual amount of negative ads, with television spots painting opponents in a dark light. But an ad that criticized a candidate’s choice of football team may have backfired when controversy arose over a picture that was altered to cut out his son.

Viewers of the most recent Buffalo Bills game saw an ad, sponsored by Erie County Democrats, that criticized Republican candidate Rob Astorino for being a Miami Dolphins fan.

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4:17pm

Wed September 17, 2014
Politics

EPA rejects Cuomo plan for thruway bridge loan, Astorino responds

The new Tappan Zee bridge is anticipated to be complete in 2018.
Doug Kerr Flickr

7:47am

Wed September 17, 2014
Politics

Astorino says policy changes, hydrofracking can help upstate New York economy thrive

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino was in Oswego to talk about his policies.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino was in Oswego Tuesday to meet with supporters, including Assemblyman Will Barclay, to discuss his plans for office if elected. One of the many topics he covered was the need to regrow the upstate economy, including leveraging the region's residents and location to help spur economic development.

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6:24am

Wed September 17, 2014
Politics and Government

Future of fracking will influence November election for governor

A fracking well in northern Pennsylvania
Matt Richmond/Innovation Trail

The issue of hydrofracking played a role in the recent Democratic primary for governor in New York, and those who oppose the gas drilling process hope it will influence the general election, as well.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, once on a fast track to begin the natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing in New York, has put his decision on hold while his administration is conducting a health review that began two years ago. Cuomo, asked about the future of fracking in the state one day after the Democratic primary, said he’s still reserving judgment.

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6:31am

Tue September 16, 2014
Politics and Government

Green Party candidate for governor wants to be involved in debates

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins says he should be involved in this fall's debates because he is the only progressive running.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

The Green Party candidate for governor wants to be included in any upcoming debates. Howie Hawkins says he is the only candidate left in the race to represent the state’s progressives.

Hawkins, a Syracuse-area UPS worker and Teamsters union member, says by any reasonable standard he should be included in any debates for the governor’s race that feature major party candidates, Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo and Republican Rob Astorino.

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5:30am

Fri September 12, 2014
Politics and Government

Attention now on Cuomo-Astorino gubernatorial contest

The New York state Capitol building.
Wallyg via Flickr

The primaries are over and the focus now shifts to the general elections, which are a little over seven weeks away. Incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces Republican challenger Rob Astorino.

Cuomo made a rare campaign-style appearance in Buffalo with running mate Kathy Hochul just after winning the Democratic primary with 60 percent of the vote. Without mentioning him by name, he portrayed Republican opponent Rob Astorino as a hyper-conservative who was out of touch with New Yorkers.

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4:58am

Thu September 11, 2014
Politics and Government

After primary, focus shifts to general election

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul during the Democratic Party's nomination convention. (file photo)
Matt Ryan, New York Now

After winning Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is now poised to run strongly against his Republican challenger, Rob Astorino. But will he have any lingering problems after more than one-third of primary voters rejected him for an obscure law professor?

Cuomo’s challenger, Fordham Law School Professor Zephyr Teachout, managed to win over one-third of the vote against the incumbent governor, despite Cuomo’s multi-million dollar war chest and near unanimous support from the state’s Democratic political establishment, from Hillary Clinton to local mayors.

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8:10am

Fri August 22, 2014
Politics

Cuomo won't say whether he'll debate Teachout, Astorino

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino visits the New York State Fair in Syracuse Thursday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is non-committal about whether he’ll debate his Democratic and Republican opponents in the fall elections.

Cuomo, who spoke after an early morning stop at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, would not say whether he’ll debate Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino, or Democratic primary opponent Zephyr Teachout.

“I’ll leave that to the campaigns to talk through,” Cuomo said.

The governor was asked what he meant by the statement.

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5:30am

Thu August 21, 2014
Politics

Poll shows Cuomo still popular, but shows weakness on corruption issue

Diana Robinson Flickr

A Quinnipiac University poll shows the race for governor is virtually unchanged since the spring, with incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo far ahead of his Republican and Democratic challengers. 

The favorable ratings for Cuomo come after weeks of negative news stories about the governor’s alleged interference in an ethics panel and an ongoing federal investigation.

The Quinnipiac poll is the third in recent weeks that show the governor’s race in New York remains stagnant, with Cuomo ahead of Republican challenger Rob Astorino by nearly 25 percentage points.

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8:11am

Wed August 13, 2014
Politics

GOP candidates file for new "Stop Common Core" ballot line

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the GOP candidate for governor.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Republican candidate for governor and other state-wide conservative candidates have submitted their names for a new “Stop Common Core” party ballot line.

The campaign of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says they collected about four-times as many signatures as the 15,000 needed to apply to create a new ballot line.

Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci, who is running for state comptroller as a Republican, is also applying for the line. He says they hope to win votes on the line from liberals and conservatives.

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10:24am

Tue August 12, 2014
Politics

Cuomo's poll numbers still high, despite Moreland Commission controversy

Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a recent visit to Syracuse (file photo)
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo/Flickr

Election Day is less than three months away, and despite a recent scandal that gained national media attention, Gov. Andrew Cuomo still is leading the race. That's according to the latest Siena college poll. WRVO's Catherine Loper spoke with pollster Steven Greenberg, who explained why. 

Catherine Loper: What are the main findings in this latest Siena poll about the governor’s race?

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7:31am

Tue August 5, 2014
Politics and Government

Cuomo faces drip of negative news over ethics commission

governorandrewcuomo Flickr

Details about alleged interference in an ethics probe by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s aides are leaking out daily, and most newspapers have run critical editorials. But it remains to be seen how deeply the controversy will affect the race for governor, where Cuomo is still the front runner by a wide margin.  

There’s been a steady drip of bad news for the governor and his administration since a New York Times in depth story about potential interference by top Cuomo aides in a corruption commission investigation

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5:35am

Thu July 31, 2014
Politics and Government

Cuomo's opponents up the ante in Moreland Commission criticisms

In this undated photo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo discusses the Moreland Act Commission.
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s opponents in the November election race are stepping up accusations over the ethics commission scandal and citing sections of state law that they say might have been broken by the governor’s aides.

Lt. Gov. candidate Tim Wu, who along with Zephyr Teachout, is challenging Cuomo and Kathy Hochul in the state Democratic primary, teaches New York state criminal law at Columbia University.

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5:35am

Wed July 30, 2014
Politics

Cuomo's GOP challenger gains from ethics commission controversy

GOP candidate Rob Astorino discusses his campaign plans during an Albany press conference.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

The little known and underfunded Republican challenger for New York governor has been getting a boost from incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s troubles over alleged interference in an ethics panel. Rob Astorino has been doing his best to keep the controversy, first reported in an in-depth story in the New York Times, alive.

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3:23pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Politics

Astorino likens Cuomo to mob boss over Moreland Commission

Rob Astorino, the Republican nominee for governor, holds a can of Lysol, saying Albany needs to disinfected.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Rob Astorino is working to keep heat on Gov. Andrew Cuomo over reporting the governor interfered with an Albany ethics panel.

Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor, made several stops across upstate New York Monday, as Cuomo made his first public comments since The New York Times reported Cuomo and his office tried to influence an independent commission set up by the governor to investigate corruption.

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5:30am

Mon July 28, 2014
Politics and Government

Long-term impact of Moreland Controversy on Cuomo unknown

Zack Seward WXXI

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not held any public appearances since a potentially damaging New York Times story that reported that his top aide interfered in a corruption probe when it focused on Cuomo donors. But on Monday morning, the governor is scheduled to visit the University of Buffalo, where the press will try to ask him questions about the Moreland Act Commission and his office's involvement.

Cuomo’s political challengers leaped on The Times story, that alleges a top aide to Cuomo squelched subpoenas to the governor’s donors and associates.

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5:01am

Fri July 25, 2014
Politics and Government

Moreland Commission controversy raises questions on role of attorney general

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Moreland Commission in July 2013
Karen DeWitt/WRVO News (file photo)

The fallout continues over whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide interfered with an ethics commission probe, with some now saying that state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman could have done more to protect the integrity of the investigations.

Schneiderman’s opponent in the fall elections is one of those raising questions about whether the attorney general, who was key to the formation of the ethics commission, could have been more involved and done something to stop alleged interference in probes by Cuomo’s aides.

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1:45pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Politics

Green Party gubernatorial candidate wants to debate Cuomo, Astorino

Howie Hawkins speaks to the press in front of the Jerry's Rescue statue in downtown Syracuse.
Tom Magnarelli WRVO

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor, called for a series of debates with Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo and  Republican candidate Rob Astorino on a range of issues Wednesday, including job creation. Hawkins was critical of both Republican and Democratic economic policies.

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