ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino says New York can spur jobs and economic activity by cutting taxes and regulations, permitting hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and promoting agriculture and high-tech start-ups.

 

The candidate released a job plan Tuesday during a campaign stop in Binghamton. He says high taxes, burdensome regulations and outdated economic policies are putting New York at a competitive disadvantage.

 

Astorino says that if elected, he would streamline regulations and government mandates, reduce some taxes and eliminate others, cut state spending and invest $3.6 billion from a banking lawsuit settlement in roads, bridges and transit.

 

Astorino's plan also calls for tax credits for new farmers and high-tech start-ups and new regional workforce development councils.

 

Astorino is the Westchester County executive. He is challenging Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.