Westchester Co. Exec. Rob Astorino holds first major fundraiser since gubernatorial candidacy

Ticket prices for the fundraiser in Tarrytown ranged from $250 to $5,000. (3/26/14)

YONKERS - Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino had his first major fundraising stop in the county Wednesday since declaring his gubernatorial candidacy. 

Ticket prices for the fundraiser in Tarrytown ranged from $250 to $5,000. 

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has more than $33 million in his campaign warchest. 

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Astorino released a pair of Web videos that accuse the governor of not being honest.

The two new Web attack messages, posted on Astorino's campaign website Tuesday and Wednesday, say that Cuomo is wasting taxpayers' money and not telling residents how dollars are really being used.

Astorino claims that the administration is stonewalling, because it won't say how many companies have signed up for the START-UP NY program or how many jobs it's created.

The Cuomo administration has spent more than $15 million since December on TV advertisements touting the state's tax-free business program. The 30-second spots promote the program, which lifts taxes on businesses for a decade if they relocate to specific zones in the state.

Empire State Development paid for the ad campaign with $150 million of state funds designated for marketing. A spokesperson for Empire State Development says the START-UP NY program was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

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