Gubernatorial Candidate Astorino Visits Binghamton

Published 08/19 2014 04:35PM

Updated 08/19 2014 05:08PM

The Republican gubernatorial candidate laid out his jobs plan in Binghamton, Tuesday morning.

Rob Astorino visited Bob Carr 2.0 Printing and Mailing on Hall Street. The Westchester County Executive said it's time to turn around the state's economy.

He said on his first day of office he'll sign an executive order putting a moratorium on any new regulations and review the existing three-quarters of a million regulations that are already on the books.

Astorino also said he would adopt the 2,000 regulatory reforms proposed last January by a bi-partisan group.

He said reducing or holding the line on spending, encouraging natural gas development, repealing hidden taxes on health insurance premiums and the Scaffold Law that holds employers and property owners absolutely liable regardless of workers negligence would be steps in the right direction.

"Start reducing taxes across the board where people have more money to invest and they won't see the state as the enemy, because right now all we hear from small businesses, corporations and farmers is that the state, the State of New York, state government has become the opponent to business," said Astorino.

Astorino also took aim at Governor Andrew Cuomo's tax free Start Up New York initiative that allows new companies, including those moving to the state, to operate basically tax free.

He said that doesn't help existing businesses and no one in Florida or Texas is going to move to our state so they can get harassed by its unfriendly business climate.

"The whole Start Up New York will do nothing for people like the Carr's and many businesses in New York, so that whole fraudulent campaign needs to come to an end and stop with the gimmicks and the marketing and move towards an economic recovery that could happen in this state," said Astorino.

Astorino said he'll be unveiling a more in-depth tax relief plan in the coming weeks.

A campaign spokesman for Governor Cuomo didn't return our call for comment.

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins said Astorino is wrong about fracking and said it will endanger peoples health.

Hawkins said investment in clean energy is the way to go.

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