Presumptive Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Astorino Visits Binghamton

By Jim Ehmke

Published 02/28 2014 04:55PM

Updated 02/28 2014 05:22PM

Presumptive Republican candidate for New York Governor Rob Astorino is in Binghamton tonight as special guest at the Broome County GOP's annual Lincoln Day Dinner.

Earlier this afternoon, Astorino stopped by our station for a sit down interview on a wide range of topics. His key argument is that New York is losing people and businesses. He believes he can replicate the success he says he's had as the Westchester County Executive.

Astorino says he's helped to create 30,000 jobs in Westchester by cutting spending, cutting taxes and working with businesses. He says Greater Binghamton is still suffering from high unemployment.

"This is almost impossible, but according to the Labor Department, zero private sector jobs have been created in Broome and Tioga Counties in the last year. So, I know people are hurting."

Astorino criticizes Governor Cuomo's Start Up New York program as picking winners and losers when the state ought to make the business climate better for all. He believes hydrofracking the Marcellus Shale would help our region's economy.

"It's something that I think would be an economic boon to this region. And not just the Southern Tier, by the way, but all of New York. The manufacturing jobs, the different skill sets that are required for that in all of the different industries that could be associated with natural gas."

Astorino's appearance tonight is sold out. He says he'll announce officially this weekend whether he'll mount a campaign for governor.

To find out more about his positions, go to or find him on Facebook.

View the full interview.

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