Rob Astorino Formally Kicks Off Campaign Amid Protests

Rob Astorino launches his campaign next to a "Thank You Governor Cuomo" sign.
Rob Astorino launches his campaign next to a “Thank You Governor Cuomo” sign.

“So what brings you guys out today?”

Rob Astorino kicked off his uphill gubernatorial campaign against incumbent Andrew Cuomo today with a joking question to those assembled for his formal launch on the steps of the Bronx County Courthouse. 

“I am Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, and today we kick off our campaign for governor in the state of New York,” said Mr. Astorino, a Republican running in a heavily Democratic state. Continue reading “Rob Astorino Formally Kicks Off Campaign Amid Protests”

John Catsimatidis: ‘I’m Not a Mike Bloomberg Billionaire’

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John Catsimatidis speaking at his campaign kickoff.

Bombastic billionaire business man John Catsimatidis officially announced his candidacy for mayor as a Republican on the steps of City Hall today in a freewheeling press conference that touched on his philosophies on life, business and his positions on many of the major issues of the day. Though Mr. Catsimatidis deviated substantially from the prepared remarks distributed by his staff prior to the event, he did focus on his background as a native New Yorker and his experience as a businessman.

“It’s not that I’m only a business person, I came from 135th Street. I never forgot where I come from. I’m not a Mike Bloomberg billionaire, I’m not wearing a $5,000 suit. I think my wife paid $100 for this,” said Mr. Castimatidis, grabbing the lapel of the wrinkled black suit that covered his ample frame.  Continue reading “John Catsimatidis: ‘I’m Not a Mike Bloomberg Billionaire’”