Rob Astorino's Consulting Deal With Townsquare Raised As New York Gubernatorial Campaign Issue
July 14, 2014 at 4:47 AM (PT)
Former ESPN Sports WEPN-A (1050 ESPN)/NEW YORK Exec. Producer and SIRIUS XM CATHOLIC CHANNEL PD/host ROB ASTORINO has become a powerful politician in WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY, but the County Executive and Republican candidate for Governor has kept a hand in radio as a consultant, and the arrangement has Democrats complaining that the moonlighting violates the WESTCHESTER COUNTY Charter.
The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS reports that ASTORINO makes $30,000 a year as a consultant to TOWNSQUARE MEDIA, added to the $160,000 salary he earns as County Executive. ASTORINO's spokesperson JESSICA PROUD said that ASTORINO offers "programming and formatting advice" to TOWNSQUARE and noted that the arrangement had been cleared through the county attorney, but a spokesman for the Democrats' "ASTORINO Truth Squad," MIKE MOREY, told the DAILY NEWS, "Who knew that as WESTCHESTER COUNTY executive you could have so much extra time on your hands that you can earn consulting fees on the side. I thought it was a full-time job."