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Some Questions To Ponder If Astorino Runs For Governor

Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner
Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner Photo Credit: File photo

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- In the next month or two, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will make an important decision - whether to run for governor or to continue working full-time as Westchester county executive.

These are some questions I think should be asked of him if he chooses to run for governor:

* If the county executive decides to run for governor how many hours a week will he be devoting to his job as County Executive? * Will he agree to punch in (time clock) like other employees so taxpayers can make sure he actually goes to work? * If he is out of Westchester most of the time, raising funds or meeting with GOP officials around the state, will he still accept his full-time salary? * Should the county executive's salary (if he runs for governor) be paid for by his campaign re-election committee if he doesn't put in a 40-hour week in Westchester?

County Executive Astorino currently has $1 million in his campaign coffers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has more than $30 million.

To be credible Rob Astorino needs to raise tens of millions of dollars. That's going to take many hours. It's almost impossible to devote less than full-time to a credible governor's campaign.

It's almost impossible to continue to be able to function as county executive while having to raise funds for a campaign for governor and to get known statewide.

I feel that the voters were misled. Rob raised more than $4 million for his successful re-election campaign for county executive. If he was planning to run for governor, he should have disclosed his intentions during his campaign for county executive.

Rob didn't even wait hours before he started his campaign for governor. Immediately after he won, he packed his bags to meet with state officials in Puerto Rico, starting his campaign for governor. He continued with meetings with (New Jersey) Gov. Christie and Republican governors.

And, almost every day, he's traveling around the state meeting with Republican leaders and potential funders talking about his campaign.

In recent days I have read articles about County Executive Astorino meeting with officials in Syracuse, Erie County, Long Island and elsewhere about his campaign. We should have been told that he was going to do that before election day.

What do you think?

Paul Feiner is supervisor of the Town of Greenburgh.

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