The state Republican Party’s nominating convention will be held in Rob Astorino and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s home county, according to a party spokesman.
The convention, where the GOP will nominate a challenger to take on Cuomo at the ballot box this year, will be held on May 14 and 15 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, according to Republican spokesman David Laska.
Laska said the first night of the party’s gathering will include a fundraising dinner with a “major GOP figure.” He declined to reveal a name because it hasn’t yet been made official.
The hotel played host to the state Democratic Committee’s convention in 2010, when then-Attorney General Cuomo received the party’s nomination. Republicans held their convention in Manhattan that year, in which Rick Lazio was picked as the party favorite but was ultimately defeated in a primary by Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, who petitioned his way onto the ballot.
The location and dates for the GOP convention were first reported by Capital New York.
No Republican has formally declared for the 2014 governor’s race, though Astorino, the Westchester County executive, opened an exploratory fundraising committee earlier this week and has been traveling the state meeting with potential donors and supporters.
Astorino, who has said he is leaning toward a run, has been embraced by some party leaders, but others have been encouraging celebrity billionaire Donald Trump to enter the race. Trump has said he will run if Astorino doesn’t and the GOP is united behind him, but some party officials are skeptical the host of “The Apprentice” would actually enter the race.
Paladino has threatened a run on the Conservative Party line if the Republican nominee doesn’t denounce GOP leaders in the state Legislature. He’s publicly supporting a potential Trump run.