Astorino Criticizes Cuomo's Pot Plan, Moves Closer To Run For Governor

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino criticizes Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to legalize medical marijuana in a recent interview.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino criticizes Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to legalize medical marijuana in a recent interview. Photo Credit: File

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to legalize medical marijuana in New York and hinted heavily at a run for governor in a new interview with News 12.

Astorino told News 12 that a run for governor as the Republican nominee is something he is "considering strongly in a real way."

Click here to see the full News 12 report.

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Robmaur, how can you say that. If your system was to become law we might not have the best President since WW2, Barack Obama or for that matter Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Both of these fine American patriots were sitting US Senators when they ran for President.

Lets not forget about former US Senator from Texas Lloyd Bentsen who ran for re-election at the same time he ran for Vice-President in 1988. More recent is Vice-President Joe Biden who ran for re-election for his US Senate seat in Delaware at the same time he ran for Vice-President in 2008.

Great candidates can do this as they are superior to the rest of us . Don't deprive the people of such great Americans.

It seems to me that it should be required by law that when an incumbent elected official decides to run for another office that he or she MUST resign from their current office since politicking, money raising and running for election will now be their FULL TIME endeavor and their current office usually becomes completely neglected even though they still get paid but do no work for the people. Either another appointee or a special election should be held to fill the now virtually VACANT office. This should apply to County Supervisors, Congressmen, Senators, Governors (take note Mr. Christie), etc. If they get elected to the new post they are going to resign anyway. If they do not get elected to the new post they can run for their old office in the next election.

All these people that are against marijuana don't understand the benefits. It keeps the crime rate down because when you are high you are sooo relaxed all you want to do is pig out. It makes for better workers by allowing you to forget how flipping burger type jobs can get boring. It is like you can check out just as you check in.
Those 1% people don't know how to live. All they do is work and pay taxes, there is more to life than that.
I will not be voting for Mr. Astorino ,his priorities are all wrong.

Go back to ESPN. Its your fault we had to listen to Michael Kaye the past 2 decades.

Astorino betrayed everyone that voted for him. It's less than 90 days since
the election, and he is "running" again?
The Daily Voice should start a regular feature comparing Astorino's progress on his initiatives and promises to Westchester County, compared to his aspirations/fantasies to move to Albany.

Astorino needs to stop running his mouth and help the county before he worries about running for governor. I'll tell you right now, I won't be voting for him if he runs, just like I didn't vote for him for his current position. He's obviously one of those brain-washed by the media, and only knows what he knows about marijuana through the news outlets, which everyone in this country knows you can't believe. Hey Astorino, why don't you educate yourself on it before openly voicing that you're opposed to it, because I can practically guarantee you that you will NOT be elected governor with views like that. Don't even bother holding such an expensive fundraiser, that obviously only the 1% can attend, because you obviously care nothing about the people who actually work for a living in this county.

Agreed Fifth Ave Guy. I voted for Astorino - but I wouldn't have if I knew he was going to start attacking progress.

You wouldn't have voted for a county executive if you knew he would be opposed to legalizing weed? That's a serious statement?
Anyone aware of how this is shaking out in Colorado? Not going great.

This country needs less single-issue voters.
I (like most people) could care less about this "issue." Yawn.

I know, product shortages all over Colorado.

You apparently don't have a clue as to what you're talking about. You do realize that there are a lot of parody articles going around, right? Everything is going well in Colorado and Washington. And that's on a recreational level. Medicinal use is something completely different. It's legalized in 20 states. Why don't you educate yourself before making comments that make you sound like a fool?

Not going great? By what account - pot has only been legal recreationally for 8 days in Colorado, a bit too early to tell.

Astorino is tone deaf on this issue, 58% of Americans favor legalizing pot according to Gallup.

Also, try reading this on the likely outcome of legalization according to past studies on empirical data:

Doesn't Astorino read the papers? Over 50% of Americans now favor outright legalization of this plant.

Time to jump on board, don't you think Rob?