Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is part of a new generation of American leaders who believe in facing our nation’s challenges head-on. Unsustainable spending, punishing taxes, and dangerously high debt levels threaten the economic foundation of this country and they must be dealt with before they grow worse.
Mr. Astorino, 45, was elected County Executive in November 2009 after running a campaign to streamline county government and bring tax relief to over-burdened homeowners and businesses. He was elected with almost 58 percent of the vote.
Before taking office as County Executive, Mr. Astorino had a long and successful career in the radio industry. He was the station manager and program director of The Catholic Channel on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio and hosted a weekly radio show from St. Patrick’s Cathedral with the archbishop of New York. In 2001, he helped launch ESPN Radio in New York and became the station’s senior producer. Mr. Astorino was first elected to public office at age 21, serving as a member of the Mount Pleasant Board of Education. He went on to serve for 12 years as a councilman on the Mount Pleasant Town Board, including six years as deputy supervisor. In 2003, he was elected to the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
The County Executive earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at Fordham University, where he also minored in Spanish and Political Science. In 2001, he studied in Barcelona, Spain, and received a Spanish Immersion Diploma from the Enforex School of International Studies. He is a lifelong resident of Westchester, where he and his wife, Sheila, are raising three young children.