Niagara Gazette — "We look forward to an entertaining Republican primary process and are ready to run against whomever their nominee is in September," said state Democratic Committee spokesman Peter Kauffmann.
Astorino's announcement video, posted in both English and Spanish, continued his aggressive strategy of attacks on New York's taxes, out-migration patterns and the business climate under Cuomo. He posed what has already become the campaign's signature question: Is New York winning or is New York losing?
"If New York is winning, re-elect Andrew Cuomo. But if New York is losing — and the evidence says it is — we need to make a change," he said.
Astorino, 46, lives in the town of Mount Pleasant, where he was raised. One oddity of a Cuomo-Astorino matchup is that, because Cuomo lives in Westchester County, they are each other's constituents.
Astorino worked as an airborne traffic reporter in New York City after graduating from Fordham University and launched ESPN's New York radio station in 2001. He later helped start the Catholic Channel on Sirius XM satellite radio and hosted weekly shows with Cardinals Edward Egan and Timothy Dolan.
He is married with three children, ages 10, 9 and 4.