Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino in Rochester today

Updated: 03/07/2014 5:21 PM
Created: 03/07/2014 8:12 AM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

We are still eight months away from Election Day and Rob Astorino is the man challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo. He visited East Rochester Friday morning.

The first thing News10NBC brought up to him was the governor’s budget cut decision to close some institutions and move people into local group homes. Some of them are registered sex offenders.

News10NBC Berkeley Brean asked, “Do you think that was a good idea in order to save money?”

Rob Astorino (R) Candidate for Governor, said, “I think we have to take a look at that real closely. I mean we should not be putting registered sex offenders right smack in the middle of a community.”

As soon as Rob Astorino said that, News10NBC heard several people behind him call out. One of them was Yvette Simons, of Greece. Simons’ neighbor is a level three registered sex offender, the highest level. He didn’t get released from one of the closed institutions. Instead, he moved in after 12 years in prison. But the feeling for homeowners like Simons is the same.

Yvette Simons, Greece, said, “It’s like a violation of your sanctity. You know you feel safe in your home and you feel like your neighborhood isn't safe any longer.”

Rob Astorino, (R) Candidate for Governor, said, “That's something we need to think about and I don't think Governor Cuomo thought that through.”

But in the five years as county executive of Westchester County, Astorino has cut and closed his fair share of things including childcare subsidies, money for parks and mental health clinics. 

Rob Astorino (R) Candidate for Governor, said, “We should be very caring to the people in our state who need help. I have done that in Westchester. I have not turned our backs, nor will we ever.”

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