Saturday, March 1, 2014

Supporters Cheer on Gubernatorial Hopeful Rob Astorino at Broome Republican Lincoln Day Dinner

(Binghamton, NY) Tonight the Broome County Republican Committee welcomed more than 400 supporters to cheer on Westchester County Executive and Gubernatorial Hopeful Rob Astorino at its Lincoln Day Dinner at the Hilton Doubletree in Binghamton.

The enthusiastic crowd was the largest the Committee has hosted in more than a decade.

“It’s great to see so many Republican activists and supporters come out tonight,” said Chairman Datta. “Locally, Republicans have flipped seat after seat from the Democrats over the last few years because we’re getting things done rather than just talking about it, and we’re gearing up to do the same Statewide this year.”

Mr. Astorino has been featured in numerous statewide and national publications as a formidable candidate against Governor Andrew Cuomo, including in the NY Post, NY Daily News, NY Times, National Review, and many others. His keynote speech focused on how Cuomo has spent his four years in office wasting taxpayer dollars and managing the decline of New York State.

"I'm so honored to be a part of tonight's event," said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. "Chairman Datta and the entire Broome County Republican Committee deserve enormous credit for not only putting together an amazing evening, but for creating a strong and vibrant organization. The Southern Tier has been suffering under Governor Cuomo's policies that are driving jobs and people to other states. You could feel the excitement from the hundreds of supporters who are energized about reversing that trend and putting New York back in the winning column. We can make New York great again.

Datta praised Astorino’s record in Westchester County, where he was re-elected by a wide margin last November.

“Rob is a proven winner who has succeeded at getting elected in a heavily Democratic county, and who has delivered on his promises,” said Datta. “He has kept taxes in line and created jobs. That’s what we need more of across the whole state.”

County Executive Astorino was re-elected in 2013 by a 12-point margin, running on the Republican and Conservative lines in a county with a 2-1 Democratic enrollment advantage. He was able to freeze or cut the County tax levy in each year he has served, reducing overall spending by 5.2%. Under Astorino, from 2010 to 2013, Westchester County has created 27,000 new private-sector jobs.

Major elected officials at tonight’s Dinner included Congressman Richard Hanna, Senator Tom Libous, Assemblymen Cliff Crouch, Chris Friend and Gary Finch, County Executive Debbie Preston, County Sheriff Dave Harder, County Clerk Rick Blythe, Binghamton Mayor Rich David, Broome County Conservative Chairman James Thomas and many other local officials.

Influential Republican leaders from across the State traveled to Binghamton tonight to show their support for Broome County’s Republican leadership. Notable political figures in attendance included New York State Republican Chairman Ed Cox, Tioga County Republican Chairman Don Leonard, Chemung County Republican

Chairman Rodney Strange, Oswego County Republican Chairman Mike Backus and Orleans County Republican Chairman Ed Morgan.

“I’m thrilled to be here on the Southern Tier, home to great Republican veterans like Senator Tom Libous and County Executive Debbie Preston, as well as Republican Rising Stars like Mayor Rich David and Chairman Bijoy Datta.  Thanks to all of their great work, Republicans around the state can look forward to another great year in 2014.”

Broome County has received Statewide attention in political circles for its recent trend of strong Republican electoral victories, including winning the Binghamton Mayor’s Office with the victory of Republican Rich David in 2013, winning the Broome County Executive’s Office with the victory of Republican Debbie Preston in 2011 (and her re-election to a full term in 2012), winning control of the County Legislature with a Republican Majority in 2010, and holding 15 of 16 current Town Supervisor seats.

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