ALBANY – Rob Astorino and Zephyr Teachout don’t agree on much, but the Republican and Democrat who each hope to become governor, despite the odds, came together Tuesday united against a single force: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Astorino, the Republican gubernatorial candidate who leans right, and Teachout, who leans left and is trying to force a Democratic primary election against Cuomo, appeared together before reporters in Manhattan – outside the Tweed Courthouse – to blast the continuing ethical challenges of Albany that they say have not gone away since Cuomo became governor four years ago.
“One thing we can agree on is that Albany corruption is growing under Andrew Cuomo,” said Astorino, the Westchester Cunty executive.
The two candidates highlighted legislative redistricting deals from a couple of years ago, the ever-growing role of big money in campaigns, transparency problems, use of taxpayer money for economic development ad campaigns that they say are meant to prop up Cuomo’s image, and the now-defunct Moreland anti-corruption commission appointed and disbanded by Cuomo – operations that are reportedly being looked at by the federal prosecutor in Manhattan.
Teachout, a Fordham University law professor who the Cuomo campaign is taking steps to keep from getting onto the ballot for the Democratic primary Sept. 9, said she voted for Cuomo in 2010 based, in part, on his promises to clean up Albany.
“But Gov. Cuomo broke the promises he made four years ago. The system is still corrupt. He not only refuses to fix it, he is making it worse,” she said.
The Cuomo campaign had no comment on the Astorino and Teachout get-together.