Former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is making a second run for New York governor.

Astorino was the Republican nominee for the state's chief executive role in 2014, losing to Gov. Andrew Cuomo by 14 points.

He has been viewed as a potential candidate by the GOP in recent months, who are working to secure a clear frontrunner long before the 2022 election.

“I planted that flag. I said we're going to come back, reclaim it and take it across the finish line. Not just for the Republican Party, but for the people of New York who, at this point are so fed up they're leaving in record numbers and those who haven't left yet, are just counting down the days till they can," Astorino recently said at a recent gathering in Albany of prospective Republican contenders to challenge Cuomo next year.

Currently, U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, of Long Island, is viewed by New York party leaders as the clear frontrunner for the Republican nomination. He has racked up endorsements from Republican county committees across the state in the last few weeks.

Astorino was elected Westchester County executive in 2009 and was defeated in 2017 after serving two terms. He also ran in 2020 for a state Senate seat and lost narrowly. 


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