Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino said he’s still undecided on a potential gubernatorial run this year, but declined comment Tuesday on whether he told the state’s Republican congressional delegation he was indeed running.
New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox on Monday told The Buffalo News that Astorino had told the state’s six Republican members of Congress that he was going to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo this year. But Cox wasn’t present at the meeting, telling Gannett’s Albany Bureau this morning that he had been informed of Astorino’s comments.
In a brief interview Tuesday, Astorino, a Republican, declined to say what he said to the federal lawmakers. He traveled to Washington D.C. in mid-December.
“I’m not going to say whether that’s accurate or inaccurate because those conversations were private and they will remain private conversations I had with the congressional delegation,” Astorino told Gannett’s Albany Bureau.
Astorino said he hasn’t made a decision on whether to challenge Cuomo, but said he will likely make a decision by the end of February. He was elected to a second term as county executive in November.
“The process is going to be somewhat of an accelerated one,” Astorino said. “We’re not going to dither around for months and months and then leave the party with nobody if I decide I’m not running. So in fairness to everybody, it has to happen within 60 days, I would say.”