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Former candidate for
Governor of New York
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Last electionNovember 4, 2014
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Bachelor'sFordham University
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Rob Astorino was a Republican candidate for Governor of New York in the 2014 elections.[1] Rob Astorino lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Astorino was elected as Westchester County Executive in November 2009. Prior to his election he worked in the radio industry, including spending time as station manager and program director of The Catholic Channel on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio and hosting a weekly radio show from St. Patrick's Cathedral with the archbishop of New York.

Astornio has previously served on the Mount Pleasant Board of Education, the Mount Pleasant Town Board and the Westchester County Board of Legislators.[2]


  • Bachelor of Arts, Communications, Fordham University
  • Spanish Immersion Diploma from the Enforex School of International Studies



See also: New York gubernatorial election, 2014

Astorino ran for election to the office of Governor of New York.[1][3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


General election
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New York, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Cuomo/Kathy Hochul Incumbent 54.3% 2,069,480
     Republican Rob Astorino/Chris Moss 40.3% 1,536,879
     Green Howie Hawkins/Brian Jones 4.8% 184,419
     Libertarian Michael McDermott/Chris Edes 0.4% 16,967
     Sapient Steven Cohn/Bobby K. Kalotee 0.1% 4,963
Total Votes 3,812,708
Election Results via New York State Board of Elections.

Campaign media

Rob Astorino ad: Jail

Race background

Union endorsements in Democratic primary

Public-employee unions in New York made a statement prior to the September 9 primary by steering clear of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). The Public Employees Federation (PEF), the second-largest union for public employees in New York, endorsed primary challenger Zephyr Teachout and her running mate, Tim Wu, prior to the primary.[4] The New York State AFL-CIO and New York State United Teachers withheld their endorsements for the 2014 primary.[5] Cuomo received the endorsement of PEF and the AFL-CIO for his 2010 campaign. The governor responded to the endorsement news by stating that he had "legitimate differences" with public-employee unions over tough negotiations in the past four years.[4]

Efforts to create additional ballot lines

Cuomo and Rob Astorino (R) spent time this summer seeking petitions for additional ballot lines in the November 4 general election. Astorino joined with three other Republican candidates for statewide office to create a Stop Common Core ballot line for the general election. Supporters of Stop Common Core, who oppose implementation of Common Core education standards in New York, filed 62,000 signatures with the New York Board of Elections, far surpassing the threshold of 15,000 signatures after only two months of work. State law requires a minimum of 15,000 valid signatures, with at least 100 signatures from a majority of the state's 27 congressional districts. The addition of the Stop Common Core line allows Astorino and fellow statewide candidates to run as Republican Party, Conservative Party and Stop Common Core candidates.[6]

Lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Kathy Hochul (D) and supporters of Gov. Cuomo gathered signatures for a Women's Equality Party line, thereby increasing the Democratic ticket's haul of ballot lines to four. The party's state executive candidates are already running on the Democratic Party, Working Families Party and Independence Party lines. The deadline for delivering at least 15,000 signatures from New York voters was August 19, and both efforts were successful.[6]

Residency challenge by Governor Cuomo

The New York Supreme Court began hearings on August 7, 2014 to determine if primary challenger Zephyr Teachout met the five-year residency requirement for ballot placement. A challenge was brought by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who is seeking re-election in November. Martin E. Connor, representing Cuomo's campaign, claimed that Teachout had not spent the previous years living continuously in New York. Teachout owns a cabin in Vermont, where she spent time in previous summers. Connor also noted that Teachout did not have a state driver's license or change her address to a New York residence until recently.[7]

Teachout supplied evidence to the court in support of her residency, including an account of her move from Vermont to North Carolina to New York in June 2009. She also provided her 2009 tax return with New York address, a Fordham Law School directory and bank statements documenting purchases at New York businesses. Teachout believed that Cuomo's efforts were intended to avoid embarrassment from losing votes to a more liberal candidate.[7] On August 11, Edgar G. Walker ruled against Cuomo's residency challenge, keeping Teachout on the primary ballot. Cuomo appealed Walker's decision to a state Supreme Court panel, which upheld the decision to keep Teachout on the ballot on August 20, 2014.[8][9]


General election
Major party candidates and "other" category
Poll Andrew Cuomo Rob AstorinoOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
September 22-23, 2014
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
AVERAGES 52.5% 31.5% 4% 11.5% +/-3 2,665.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to
New York Governor's Race 2014 - Cuomo vs. Astorino
Poll Andrew Cuomo Rob AstorinoOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
November 20-24, 2013
Sienna College Poll Trends (dead link)
January 12-16, 2014
Quinnipiac University Poll
February 6-10, 2014
Marist Poll
February 28 - March 3, 2014
Siena College Poll
March 16-20, 2014
Siena College Poll (dead link)
April 12-17, 2014
Quinnipiac University Poll
May 14-19, 2014
Siena College Poll
June 8-12, 2014
Siena College Poll
July 13-16, 2014
Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist
July 28-31, 2014
AVERAGES 59.3% 24.2% 16.6% +/-3.21 982.2
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Other match-ups
New York Governor's Race 2014 - Cuomo vs. Paladino
Poll Andrew Cuomo Carl PaladinoOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Marist Poll
February 28 - March 3, 2014
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Astorino is a lifetime resident of Winchester. He and his wife Sheila have three children.[2]

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