WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has still not declared he will run for governor this fall, but visitors to RobAstorino.com might think otherwise.
A campaign committee for a potential Astorino gubernatorial bid launched a website Thursday that has the heading, "Rob Astorino for Governor."
The site, which has the same RobAstorino.com address used for Astorino's re-election campaign for county executive, is paid for by the campaign committee, Campaign Spokesman William O'Reilly told Daily Voice Thursday.
Astorino launched the committee Feb. 3 and appointed, Michael Lawler, former state Republican Party executive director, to manage it. He is expected to make a final decision by the end of February or early March.
"We had to start the committee in order to start collecting money into the exploratory committee," O'Reilly said.
The Republican has a little over $1 million in the bank as of his last filing and will be releasing updated figures in March. He raised $7 million for his re-election campaign in 2013.
Astorino has intensified his criticism of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in recent weeks in speeches at a state GOP fundraiser and the 13th annual Westchester Business Council’s KeyBank Breakfast, both in January. He has also taken to Twitter to take jabs at his potential Democratic opponent.
State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long said he will back Astorino if he runs, according to the New York Post.