Decision 2014 is starting to ramp up as we enter the spring and the challenger in the race for governor has an uphill battle ahead. Republican Rob Astorino was 25 points behind Governor Cuomo in the latest Siena Poll. Rob Astorino has a little over 6 months now to win Western New York over.
Saturday he attended the Erie County Republican Committee Chairman's Roundtable, his first trip to Buffalo since he announced his run for governor last month.
"He's got a message that will transcend party lines and it's about making this state a better place to live and a more inexpensive place to live," Erie County Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy said.
Astorino told 2 on your side he will appeal to Western New York voters since he supports lowering taxes and improving the economy.
"Whether you're on Main Street or you're a big corporation, we should make it better by lowering taxes and regulations," Astorino said. "So businesses can succeed and instead of trying to keep their nostrils above water and fold their tent like they're doing right now."
The last Siena Poll finds Astorino is down 25 points in the polls to Governor Cuomo. However, that doesn't discourage the local republican party.
"Erie County may be a 2 to 1 democratic county but it's now got a republican majority in the Erie County legislature, so we are already winning in Western New York."
Other issues that might have an impact on voter decisions include the SAFE Act, something Astorino stands against. Astorino is also opposed to how Common Core testing is being handled, calling it a massive experiment on the federal level that is extremely expensive
"I think we will win western New York and we will win it big," Astorino said.