The NEQRC will welcome Westchester County Executive and Republican candidate for Governor of New York State Rob Astorino as the guest speaker at our April meeting.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is a Republican candidate for governor of New York State. He is currently serving a second term as County Executive after being re-elected by a 13-point margin in a county with a 2-1 Democratic enrollment advantage. Republicans comprise just 24% of voters in Westchester.
Astorino has a demonstrated ability to attract crossover votes, particularly among independents and traditionally Democratic ethnic constituencies. County Executive Astorino, who is fluent in Spanish, received a majority of the Latino vote in 2013, and he has built strong relationships in the African-American community. His willingness to share credit to achieve bipartisan successes has become one of his signature strengths.
Astorino fulfilled his 2009 pledge to voters to address the “tax madness” in a county with the highest property taxes in America. Astorino froze or cut the county tax levy every year he has served, and he has reduced overall spending in the county by 5.2%, the most in real dollars of any county in New York State. His responsible fiscal stewardship has earned Westchester the highest credit rating among counties in New York, and it has retained and attracted new businesses to the county, helping create 30,000 new private-sector jobs from 2010-2014.
Astorino has stood firmly against a historic federal overreach attempt into Westchester County by President Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD.) HUD is hoping to make Westchester a national template for a radical social engineering scheme that would give Washington power to dismantle local zoning laws across the nation. The Obama Administration’s overreach far exceeds the terms of a housing settlement County Executive Astorino inherited from his predecessor.
Before taking office as County Executive, Mr. Astorino had a successful career in the radio industry. He was station manager and program director of The Catholic Channel on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio and hosted a weekly radio show from St. Patrick’s Cathedral with the archbishop of New York. In 2001, he helped launch ESPN Radio in New York and became the station’s senior producer. Mr. Astorino was first elected to public office at age 21, serving as a member of the Mount Pleasant Board of Education. He went on to serve for 12 years as a councilman on the Mount Pleasant Town Board, including six years as deputy supervisor. In 2003, he was elected to the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
The County Executive earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at Fordham University, where he also minored in Spanish and Political Science. In 2001, he studied in Barcelona, Spain, and received a Spanish Immersion Diploma from the Enforex School of International Studies. He is a lifelong resident of Westchester, where he and his wife, Sheila, are raising three young children.
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Clearview Golf Course Clubhouse
202-12 Willets Point Boulevard
Queens, NY 11360