Westchester county executive and potential gubernatorial candidate Robert Astorino will continue his listening tour in Binghamton on Feb. 28 at a local GOP fundraiser.
The timing of the event is interesting. Astorino has indicated that he will probably make a decision by the end of February on whether he will run.
The menu, as the headline noted includes braised brisket or rosemary grilled chicken. It’ll cost $60 a ticket or $1,000 for a table.
Democrats continue to poke at Astorino. The Daily News reported today that his comments in 2011 may be a campaign issue. Astorino said on Capitol Tonight that Medicaid recipients could eat soup if Medicaid doesn’t cover dentures.
Astorino spokeswoman Jessica Proud said Astorino was making a joke, but with a serious point.
“The comment was a joke, but what’s not a joke is Governor Cuomo’s failure to address one of the top drivers of property taxes despite the exodus of jobs and population from our state,” Proud said. “The fact that New York spends more on Medicaid than Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania combined is a red flag that the system is broken.”
Democratic Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, didn’t like it.
“In his joke, the county executive runs the risk of forgetting the people he refers to are our parents, grandparents, neighbors and hardworking New Yorkers across the state,” she said in a statement.