The state Conservative Party—the politically influential party that occupies Row C on your ballot—is meeting in an Albany suburb for its political action conference, talking strategy as the party eyes candidates to oppose Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and to bolster its standing in the state Legislature.
Day 2 of the conference has a decidedly suburban feel. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is speaking now—he’s speaking on the future of the Conservative Party—and former Gov. George Pataki, a Garrison, Putnam County, resident, will speak later today.
Former Republican gubernatorial candidate and Long Island Assemblyman John Faso addressed the crowd earlier today, urging the party to make inroads with minority voters as more members of its base leaves the state.
Astorino, addressing the crowd of about 75, just praised Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long for his opposition to the same-sex marriage law passed by the state Legislature last year.
“A lot of harsh, even hateful things were said about you. But you endured it. You stuck to your guns,” Astorino said. “You stuck to your guns because marriage is at the taproot of Western civilization.”