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Leading Republicans in New York governor’s race debate on CBS2

CBS2’s Lisa Rozner has a preview and closer look at the candidates.

Stage is set for leading New York gubernatorial candidates to debate on CBS2


Former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is running again after he was the Republican candidate for governor in 2014. He lost to then incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat. Astorino is currently a business and media consultant.

“I’m Rob Astorino. I was twice elected in a deep blue county. As county executive, we cut taxes, slashed wasteful spending,” Astorino says on one ad.

Businessman Harry Wilson previously worked in the U.S. Treasury Department under the Obama administration. Wilson is from Johnstown, which is about 45 miles north of Albany, and ran unsuccessfully for state comptroller in 2010.

“I’m running for governor because I cannot sit by while New York is devastated by career politicians,” Wilson said. “Sky-high taxes are chasing families and businesses away.”

Suffolk County Congressman Lee Zeldin was elected in 2014. Prior to then, the career attorney served as a state lawmaker and has a combined 20 years of active and reserve service in the Army. He was deployed to Iraq in 2006.

“We need political balance in Albany. I learned early on in life the value of hard work. I was raised in a law enforcement household,” Zeldin said.

Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, spent four years in the White House as public liaison to President Donald Trump. He has positioned himself as a champion of first responders, including those who lost their jobs due to vaccine mandates.

“What I will do on Day 1 is throw all of these mandates in the dustbin of history,” he said.

The last time a Republican was governor of New York was George Pataki, who served three terms before leaving office in 2006.

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