On Wednesday, Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino formally announced that he will seek the Republican nomination to run for Governor this fall.  The announcement was made through a six minute video posted on his campaign web site.


Astorino is seen as having an uphill climb against incumbent Democratic Governor Andrew, who remains popular and has more than $33 million in his campaign account. It is also possible that he will face a primary challenger in September.


In the announcement, he previewed some of his lines of attack on Gov. Cuomo.  They include the economy, taxes and jobs, the Governor’s recent proposal to provide free college education to prisoners, and blaming Gov. Cuomo for problems with the roll out of the Common Core learning standards.


State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long said that he is personally endorsing Astorino, and that he will work to get the Conservative Party behind him as well.