Updated: 03/06/2014 11:29 AM
Created: 03/06/2014 11:28 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
A top Republican county official from New York City's northern suburbs has launched his campaign for governor by appealing for votes in the Bronx.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino stood on the steps of the Bronx courthouse Thursday morning and criticized incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo's leadership. He says New Yorkers are fleeing the state in search of a better business climate and lower taxes.
Astorino says he kicked off his campaign in the Bronx because the county has been "forgotten economically" by the nation.
He also touted his Hispanic voter base in Westchester County. The Bronx is the state's only county with a majority Hispanic population.
Astorino drew applause when he repeated his announcement in Spanish. He also plans to campaign in Buffalo later Thursday.