August 20, 2014
New York Republican Rob Astorino unveiled the details of his economic plan in Binghamton yesterday. Astorino is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in this November’s election.
The top two planks of Astorino’s plan are reduce regulations and cut taxes. Next is investment in infrastructure, using part of a projected $6 billion budget surplus on road and bridge work. Astorino would institute a 90-day deadline for final hydrofracking regulations from his Department of Environmental Conservation and a simplified process for starting a new business.
The Westchester county executive unveiled his plan during a visit to Bob Carr 2.0 Printing and Mailing in Binghamton.
“Because right now all we hear from small businesses and corporations and farmers is that the state, the State of New York, state government, has become the opponent to business, it’s become the oppressor if you will.”
Astorino is particularly critical of Governor Cuomo’s Start-Up New York program, which offers tax breaks for companies expanding in or near certain college campuses in the state. He calls it an example of the government picking winners.
“I don’t know who in Binghamton has the next good idea. But I’ll be damned if I’m going to sit and pick and choose winners. I’m going to encourage whoever has that next good idea in Binghamton, to set up roots right here in Binghamton.”
With that goal in mind, Astorino says he would propose an elimination of the licensing fee for new LLC’s, a repeal of the Scaffold Law and tax breaks for farmers.