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March 27, 2014

GLYNN: Astorino faces impossible odds against Cuomo

Niagara Gazette — Whatever else happens on the campaign trail this fall, it doesn’t seem that the gubernatorial race will be close.

In fact, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat often mentioned as a potential presidential candidate, should easily win his bid for re-election. His prime Republican opponent now —unless someone pops out of a cake at the last minute — is Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino who raises valid concerns about the status of the Empire State.

In his initial announcement that he would run this year, Astorino noted that, unfortunately, New York is known as No. 1 for all the wrong reasons: It has the highest taxes in the nation; its business climate remains unfriendly; corruption has been rampant; and the state has the second highest electrical rates in the country, despite all the political chatter about the low-cost energy supply. He also strikes a sensitive chord when he says the steady exodus of New Yorkers to other states conjures thoughts of someone living in a prison. An example: “I’ve got three more years, when the kids will be finished college, and I’m out of here. We’re moving South.” That’s only one vague destination, of course, but Astorino contends that some 400,000 New Yorkers have packed it in and relocated since Cuomo took office four years ago.

Surprisingly, the latest Siena poll showed that a majority of New Yorkers say they aren’t better off now than they were in 2011 but their feelings apparently have little impact on Cuomo’s chances for re-election.

Two other factors weigh heavily against Astorino’s prospects: money (the incumbent’s war chest is said to exceed $30 million) and the lack of name recognition, especially upstate where Cuomo has been making frequent trips at taxpayers’ expense.

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FAMILY FUN: Again this year, the Power Vista will host its popular “Eggstravaganza” on April 5 at the visitor center, 5777 Lewiston Road, adjacent to Niagara University.

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