Molinaro, Astorino, in Albany, express interest in running for governor

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Marc Molinaro

ALBANY – Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino are among about a half dozen people who are interested in running for governor next year on the Republican line.

All of the candidates met in Albany on Monday with state GOP leadership.

Both local men, Molinaro and Astorino, in the past ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Republicans believe Cuomo is more vulnerable than ever given the way they say he has handled the coronavirus pandemic and New York’s response, and the many allegations by women of inappropriate comments and behavior toward them.

On Monday evening, Molinaro sent an email to his campaign list and without formally announcing his renewed candidacy, he wrote that, “And now, the spotlight has finally shown Cuomo for who he is – the most corrupt Governor in America.”

His note had a “stand with me” button that when clicked, asked for contributions made payable to “Molinaro for Dutchess.”