APRIL 4, 2014

Decoding Rob Astorino’s narrative

Last weekend, Rob Astorino showed up in Albany to protest gun control legislation in New York state. Along with his pro-NRA stance, he has been heard decrying “secularism” in government and the evils of the “political left.”

Is this the same man who some Northeast country club Republicans see as the second coming of George Pataki?

Mr. Astorino is running in the Republican party primary for a chance to compete against Andrew Cuomo in November, and more than a few people believe he has a chance of winning both races. He leveled Democratic candidate Noam Bramson in the county executive race last November, boosted in part by Mr. Bramson’s waning popularity in his own home town of New Rochelle after the Echo Bay residential/commercial initiative, which was voted down by the City Council despite Mr. Bramson’s support. Mr. Bramson seemed to wither under a barrage of negative campaigning.

Moderate to middle-ground voters from both parties took note of Mr. Astorino’s signal of intent to run for governor. Donald Trump has about as much appeal to New York voters as Kim Kardashian, and doesn’t get the ratings she does. The last GOP gubernatorial candidate, Carl Paladino, failed to resonate with voters on any level.

According to an NBC 4/Marist poll, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating currently stands at a very respectable 62 percent and, as the saying goes, this is his race to lose.

But the most recent numbers indicate this is his lowest point since his election in 2011, with a drop of 12 percent upstate and in the suburbs. While always affable, and a magnificent speaker, like a certain governor in New Jersey, Mr. Cuomo avoids direct contact with the press, instead relying on a faceless bureaucracy to churn out the daily and weekly releases. We are more likely to have a face to face with Mr. Cuomo at the Mount Kisco Coach diner than in a professional interview situation.

Internal squabbles could weaken Mr. Cuomo as well, including a spat with his attorney general, Eric Schneiderman. While right now this stuff is strictly “inside baseball,” during an election year their private problems could become headline news.

For Mr. Astorino, we offer the following recommendations:

• Initiate a more vigorous and proactive housing policy in Westchester that acknowledges federal antidiscrimination policies.

• Tout your successes rather than bash ideological targets designated by the GOP shark tank.

• Don’t dig in on the right. Avoid quotes like: “Secularism and so-called populism now know no bounds among the political left in New York anymore … they want to take away all of your freedoms.” Your remarks in the months before the Republican primary could come back to haunt you. Or is that what you really believe?

Run for the Hills

Runners and their families will gather tomorrow in Bedford Hills for the fifth annual Run for the Hills event, a 5K race through the hamlet. Runners will assemble at the Bedford Hills train station and head southwest on Adams Street to Babbitt Road for 3.2 miles. Runners will then loop around town and return to the finish line at the station.

Registration is open the day of the race, 7:30 to 8 a.m., with an 8:30 race start time. Proceeds go to a scholarship for a Fox Lane student. If you don’t run you can always walk, or just cheer the runners on. For more information, visit bhna.10507.com. See you there!

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Mount Kisco

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Cross River

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