It’s expected that Republicans will have an announced candidate for governor as early as next week. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has formed an exploratory committee, and has expressed interest in what most believe will be an uphill climb, against Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking re election.
Rob Astorino, a former radio executive, has twice won the county executive’s seat in Westchester County on the Republican line, in a region where Democrats now dominate.
The ruling coalition in the state Senate has grown by one member. Senator Tony Avella, of Queens, has left the minority Democrats to join the governing coalition of Republicans and independent democrats.
Senator Tony Avella is a progressive leaning Democrat who’s been called a maverick. He says he’s become convinced he can get more accomplished by joining the Senate’s ruling coalition, which includes all of the Republicans and a few break away Independent Democrats.
Governor Cuomo faces the voters in November, and his budget plan, with many of the major initiatives phased in over the next few years, can be viewed as a blueprint for the governor’s own re election.
Many of the major components in Governor Cuomo’s budget, including universal pre kindergarten and business tax cuts, take three to four years to be fully phased in. Even the property tax freeze is a multi- year proposal.
Implicit in the plan’s success is that Cuomo remains governor for the next few years to carry out all of the proposals.