POLITICS: Presidential Hopeful John Kasich Woos Pearl River Crowd for Republican Victory Gala on Saturday Night

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When last minute Republican Presidential hopeful and Ohio Governor John Kasich flew into town on Saturday and his busy schedule ended right here in Rockland County.

John Kasich wants the votes of the 2.4 million registered Republicans in the April 19th New York primary which many have called for New York business man and outspoken reality TV star, Donald Trump.

The tri-state area was abuzz with the minute-to-minute activity of Kasich and his camp as they attended Iona College, sampled the Italian food on Arthur Ave. in the Bronx and finally gave a stately and polished speech at the Pearl River Hilton.

All news agencies were in the room including live TV broadcasts, the New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Kasich remarked how “alive” being in New York made him feel and went on to speak for 25 minutes about his simple hometown values and his practical and mature outlook for a working America.  

Westchester County Executive and 2014 NY Governor hopeful Rob Astorino traveled over the weary Tappan Zee Bridge to see the Presidential hopeful address the Pearl River crowd.

The Hilton housed the Rockland Republican’s annual Lincoln Victory Gala and the room gave the honor of the night to Businessman of the year, Mark Pavlicek.

Kasich was added into the night just over a week prior and was joined by Republican County Executive Ed Day and Congressman Dan Donovan in a night hosted by Rockland Republican Chairman Lawrence Garvey. 

Garvey told the Rockland Post, “It was a wonderful evening. We had over 400 attendees and the energy and excitement was great. Governor Kasich and Congressman Donovan were engaging and gracious. Truly a fun evening.”

Kasich served nine terms in congress and help craft the first balanced U.S. budget in almost four decades. In 2010, Kasich just squeaked by and won the Ohio Governor seat.  In 2014 Kasich was reelected Governor of his state in a landslide victory.

Polls have Trump marked to win next week’s primary at a 60 percent victory. Pollsters vary on Kasich, leaving him at a 17-34 percent chance to take the lead for 2017’s U.S. Presidential bid.