January 10, 2014

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Castricone tosses hat in the ring for Assembly seat


TUXEDO – Former Orange County Legislator Daniel Castricone Friday announced his candidacy for the state’s vacant 98th Assembly District seat.

The district was previously represented by Annie Rabbitt, who stepped down when she was elected as Orange County clerk last November. He is the second Republican to formally announce his candidacy for the post. Deerpark Town Supervisor Karl Brabenec is also running for the post.

Castricone, who owns an insurance and financial services business, has a Juris Doctorate degree.

In his announcement of candidacy, he criticized the current administration of Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo. “We are hemorrhaging jobs, our young and some of our best minds to other states that offer more promising opportunities,” he said. “Thousands have already fled New York, and the out migration shows no sign of abating.”

He said New York must reign in spending and find more efficient ways to provide health care services to those in need, noting New York spends more in Medicaid than Texas, Florida and California combined.

Castricone was highly critical of the governor’s proposal to create tax-free zones in parts of New York. “Manufacturing tax free zones that do not include the Hudson Valley reflect an attitude that we are the piggy bank for the rest of the state,” the former county legislator said. “The Hudson Valley may be the most geographically advantages area for business growth in the country. I will not let Albany waste our great potential by driving business out of Orange and Rockland counties.”




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