In a gaggle with reporters at the Capitol on Wednesday, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a potential Republican candidate for governor, was asked about $33.3 million campaign war chester Gov. Andrew Cuomo has amassed for his re-election.

“So?” Astorino said with a laugh.

Later on, the county executive took a more sober look at the figure, saying he could be competitive if he chooses to run.

“We won’t need $33 million,” he said. “We’ve discussed it internally and it’s a reachable goal.”

Astorino so far has $1 million in his county executive campaign account, which has lower contribution limits than for a statewide campaign.

“We’ll raise what we need to raise,” he said.

He knocked Cuomo’s call for overhauling campaign finance laws in yesterday’s budget presentation.

“For the governor to be so disingenuous to go for campaign finance reform when his average contribution is $25,000,” Astorino said. “Maybe he should go for self-imposed campaign finance reform then he would have a better leg to stand on.”

Cuomo has pushed aside unilateral disarmament in the past, saying a wealthy self-funding candidate could swoop in and not be subject to the same rules.

Astorino certainly sounded like he was leaning toward running for governor, a decision he has said won’t be made until late February or early March.

He was in Albany last night to be honored as a Republican “rising star” at a reception at the Fort Orange Club thrown by the state GOP.

Today, Astorino huddled with county chairs from around the state.

“Getting close,” Astorino said when asked about where he was in making up his mind about a statewide campaign. “This state is going in the wrong direction, I feel very strongly about that.”

He will be attending a reception this weekend with Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks. On Monday, he will put in an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, being held just outside of Albany this weekend. It is considered a must-stop for Republican candidates seeking the party’s support.

Carl Paladino, the party’s 2010 nominee for governor, has said he would seek the Conservative Party nomination if the GOP candidate didn’t push for the ouster of legislative leaders in the Senate and Assembly.

But Astorino says his history with Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long gives him an advantage.

“He’s still registered as a Republican, Carl,” Astorino said. “If he were going to run as a Conservative he would need the party’s support. I’ve had the Conservative Party’s support in my races.”

Astorino said he last spoke with Long at breakfast several weeks ago.

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