New York's gubernatorial candidates, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Westchester Co. Executive Rob Astorino, attend Obama's speech in Tarrytown
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TARRYTOWN - Both candidates for New York governor attended President Barack Obama's speech in Tarrytown Wednesday, with one receiving a last-minute invite the day before.
Westchester County Executive and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino was invited Tuesday, claiming he had not been invited before. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is running for re-election, had always been scheduled to take part in the event. Astorino also claims Obama's staff wanted to seat him up front, but Cuomo's staff moved him to the back for the speech.
Obama's speech focused on pushing Congress for federal funding for transportation projects like the Tappan Zee Bridge, which served as the president's backdrop. Both Astorino and Cuomo are in favor of rebuilding the bridge, but Astorino says he does not agree with Cuomo's plans to pay for the project.
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Obama's visit also coincides with the start of New York's Republican Convention in Rye Brook, leaving some Republicans to question whether the timing of the president's speech was deliberate.
Astorino is expected to be formally nominated Thursday as the Republican candidate for governor.