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Corwin says no, again, to LG position on Astorino ticket

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – Assemblywoman Jane Corwin said today she has turned down overtures from likely GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino to be his possible running mate on the statewide ticket.

“No, this is not a good time in my life (for a statewide run). I’ve got a 16-year-old son at home and I’m enjoying my work here in the Assembly,’’ said the Clarence Republican who is now in charge of leading the floor debate for the Assembly GOP conference. She has also been talked about as a potential Assembly minority leader at some point in the future.

Corwin confirmed that Astorino, the Westchester County Executive due to be officially nominated next week at the state GOP convention to run against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, had recent discussions with her about being on the ticket. She stressed her decision to stay in the Assembly is not about Astorino or his candidacy.

“I think Rob Astorino would make a great governor. I think he’s a great candidate. I think the state needs someone like him. I’m going to do everything I can to help him, but it’s just not a good time for me,’’ she said of the rigors of a statewide campaign.

Corwin had previously rejected the idea, but it did not stop some GOP forces from pushing her to run with Astorino.

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