RYE BROOK, N.Y. (AP) _ New York's Republican Party has picked Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino to lead an aggressive and united campaign against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other Democrats.
Republicans wrapped up their state party convention Thursday in Westchester County after nominating Astorino and other candidates for statewide office.
The party is looking to repeat the successful 1994 campaign of former Republican Gov. George Pataki, who ousted Cuomo's father Mario from the governor's office.
Astorino says his success in Westchester shows he can appeal to all kinds of voters in heavily Democratic New York. He also called for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, lower taxes and the repeal of the state's new gun control law.
Democrats will endorse Cuomo for a second term at their nominating convention next week.