Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was re-elected to office in November 2013 by a 13-point margin. He ran on the Republican and Conservative lines in a county with a 2-1 Democratic enrollment advantage and a population of approximately one million.
Mr. Astorino, 46, has a demonstrated ability to attract crossover votes, particularly among independents and traditionally Democratic constituencies. County Executive Astorino, who speaks Spanish, received an estimated 61% of the Latino vote in 2013, and he has built strong relationships in the African-American community. His willingness to share credit to achieve bipartisan successes has become one of his signature strengths.
Mr. Astorino fulfilled his 2009 pledge to voters to address the “tax madness” in a county with the highest property taxes in America. He cut or froze the county tax levy every year he has served, and he has reduced overall spending in the county by 5.2%, the most in real dollars of any county in New York State. His responsible fiscal stewardship — he reduced the size of his own staff by 19% in his first term — has earned Westchester the highest credit rating among counties in New York, and it has retained and attracted new businesses to the county, creating 30,000 new private-sector jobs since 2010.
Mr. Astorino has stood firmly against a historic federal overreach attempt into Westchester County by President Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD bureaucrats are hoping to make Westchester a national template for a radical social engineering scheme that would give Washington power to dismantle local zoning laws across the nation to allow government housing in any residential neighborhood. The Obama Administration’s overreach far exceeds the terms of a housing settlement County Executive Astorino inherited from his predecessor.
Before taking office as County Executive, Mr. Astorino had a successful career in the radio and television industry. He was station manager and program director of The Catholic Channel on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio and hosted a weekly radio show from St. Patrick’s Cathedral with the Cardinal-Archbishop of New York. In 2001, he helped launch ESPN Radio in New York and became the station’s senior producer. Mr. Astorino, a SAG-AFTRA union member, was first elected to public office at age 21, serving as a member of the Mount Pleasant Board of Education. He went on to serve for 12 years as a councilman in the town of Mount Pleasant, including six years as deputy supervisor. In 2003, he was elected to the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
The County Executive earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at Fordham University, where he also minored in Spanish and Political Science. In 2001, he studied in Barcelona, Spain, and received a Spanish Immersion Diploma from the Enforex School of International Studies. Mr. Astorino and his wife, Sheila, are raising three young children.
-Reproduced from Rob Astorino's official campaign site