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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A top county official from New York City's northern suburbs is officially launching his uphill fight to unseat New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, announced Wednesday in a video that the idea that things are great in New York is a "fairy tale."

State Republicans hold their nominating convention in May. Celebrity businessman Donald Trump has said he would consider a run if the party unifies behind him.

Cuomo, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, is far ahead in polls, name recognition and fundraising. But Astorino argues New York is moving in the wrong direction and Cuomo is beatable.

The 46-year-old Astorino was easily elected in November to his second term as the head of government in suburban Westchester.

Twice as many Democrats live in New York than Republicans.

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