New York State Republicans made it official Thursday, nominating Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino for the ticket to take on Governor Andrew Cuomo this fall.
“The energy in the room for this entire convention for the great slate of candidates we’ve got, it’s unforgettable,” said Senator Tom O’Mara of Big Flats, who was one of the speakers who got to nominate Moss for the position.
Exciting and energy were certainly two words to describe the Republican Convention in Westchester County, especially for local Republicans nominating one of their own. “Chemung County casts all its votes for our Sheriff, and my great friend, Chris Moss,” said Chemung County Republican Chairman Rodney Strange during the convention.
Moss talked about what lies ahead for him in the campaign. “Meeting people, travelling around, seeing how we can improve the state and not be last in every category again, creating some jobs, talking about natural gas exploration, seeing what we can do about repealing the SAFE Act,” said Moss. “That's the direction.”
“This is the most united they’ve seen the party since George Pataki was governor,” said Strange after the convention ended, referring to the floor fights of the divided convention four years ago.
From the podium, both nominees already seemed in sync heading out of the convention. “Well, I’m gonna tell you what we’re going to do with the SAFE Act,” said Moss. “We’re going to repeal the SAFE Act.”
“I am telling you, we can do this,” said Astorino. “I am promising you we can do this.”
“I think people are really starting to feel that there’s a chance, there's some hope of victory here, to get New York turned in the right direction,” said O’Mara.
Both men now hit the campaign trail. One of their first stops? Saturday in Elmira for a rally at 6:30 p.m. at the Chemung County Courthouse.
Despite the unity indoors, it wasn’t so peaceful for Republicans outdoors. A few dozen protestors gathered near the hotel where the convention was help to protest Rob Astorino’s stance on same-sex marriage and fracking.