Astorino Forms Exploratory Committee for Governor


On Tuesday, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino established a political committee, Astorino for Governor.  This is a significant step toward challenging Gov. Cuomo this fall.  Michael Lawlor has left his position as Executive Director of the State Republican Party to lead the Astorino committee.


Former Congresswoman to Announce Re-Match


Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R-Hudson Valley), who was elected in 2010 but was defeated in 2012 by Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, told supporters that she will formally announce her campaign for a rematch on Sunday.


County Legislator Announces Challenge to State Senator


Democratic Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant has announced that she plans to run against State Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Cheektowaga) this fall.  In a 2012 race in which she was substantially outspent, Grant lost to Kennedy by 139 votes.


The 63rd Senate District includes parts of Buffalo, Lackawanna and Cheektowaga.