GOP county official announces run for NY governor

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2014 file

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2014 file photo, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino poses for photos at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Astorino, a Republican, says he'll announce Wednesday March 5, 2014 whether he's challenging Andrew Cuomo for governor of New York. Astorino tweeted that he'll reveal his decision in a "video news release." (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) (Credit: AP)

(AP) A top county official from New York City's northern suburbs announced Wednesday that he will run for governor, launching an uphill fight to unseat heavily favored incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The video announcement makes official what has become increasing apparent this year as the Republican, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, crisscrossed the state and...

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