GOP’s Rob Astorino announces 2nd run for NY governor

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FILE — In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, then New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino gives his concession speech during his election night rally, in White Plains, N.Y. Astorino said Tuesday, May 11, 2021, he’ll run for governor in 2022 in what would be his second bid to unseat Gov. Andrew Cuomo.(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former Westchester County executive Rob Astorino says he’ll run for governor in 2022 in what would be his second bid to unseat Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Astorino is a Republican former radio industry professional and two-term Westchester County executive.

He promised to release an agenda to address New York’s steep job loss stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic on top of government corruption and the state’s high taxes and cost of living.

Astorino was the Republican gubernatorial candidate in 2014 and lost to Cuomo by 54% to 40%. Rep. Lee Zeldin of Long Island announced last month that he is seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

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