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      Astorino to stop in Syracuse Friday as part of campaign tour for governor

      Rob Astorino

      Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who Wednesday announced his candidacy for governor of New York, will visit Central New York on Friday as part of his tour of statewide cities.

      Astorino's campaign says the Republican will stop at Syracuse's City Hall at noon to discuss his challenge to incumbent Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.

      Astorino stood on the steps of the Bronx courthouse Thursday morning and criticized 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.

      (Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)