By Tom Precious
ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo dismissed the entry of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino into the governor’s race, as he did with the results of a new poll showing the governor’s job approval ratings taking a sharp decline since last fall.
“Let’s first find out who the candidate is,’’ Cuomo said today on the Capitol Pressroom, a public radio show that he regularly heads to when he wants to get his thoughts out on the airwaves.
In the Cuomo political school of how-to-ignore-your-opponent, the governor suggested Astorino might not be the Republican Party’s nominee to face him this fall. “Maybe it’s Mr. Donald Trump,’’ Cuomo said of the billionaire businessman who has been flirting with a GOP run. “Maybe it’s Mr. Carl Paladino again … or maybe it’s Mr. Astorino,’’ Cuomo said.
Cuomo also dismissed the findings of an NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll out today showing 56 percent of registered voters give him a negative job approval rating. In November, 44 percent gave him a negative rating.
Cuomo said polls go up and down and that the only major events since November in state government – his State of the State address and the release of his budget plans – contained proposals that have gotten “overwhelming support.’’
Cuomo defended his handling of the state’s economy, saying the unemployment rate is better today than at any point since 2008. “Is the economic great? No. But is the state doing better? Yes,’’ Cuomo said.
Cuomo was not asked, nor did he criticize, the portion of the same poll showing the governor with a 40 point edge over Astorino, who announced just Wednesday he is running for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.
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