Governor Cuomo taps Astorino rival for NY elections board

Created: 04/14/2014 1:43 PM WHEC.com

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has picked a former rival of his Republican opponent to serve on the state Board of Elections.

Cuomo's office said Monday that the Democratic governor tapped former Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano.

Current County Executive Rob Astorino defeated Spano in 2009 and is challenging Cuomo in this year's governor's race.

The Board of Elections enforces election laws, oversees campaign finance rules and investigates election-related complaints - giving it a significant role in the fall election.

Spano, a Democrat, says he may or may not recuse himself if something related to Astorino's candidacy comes before the board, saying it would depend on the circumstances.

Spano says he and Astorino get along well - though he hopes Astorino loses.

A message was left with Astorino's campaign.

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