Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino on Monday welcomed Republican former Gov. George Pataki to the presidential race, noting he is the second county resident to begin a White House bid this year.

The first, of course, is Chappaqua resident Hillary Clinton, the Democratic former U.S. senator and secretary of state, who Astorino issued a similar welcome statement to back in April when she launched her campaign.

“Governor Pataki has an extraordinary record of public service, and his deeply-held commitment to environmental conservationism in particular, akin to that of another New York Republican, President Theodore Roosevelt, will greatly enhance the Republican primary debate,” Astorino said in a statement. “On behalf of the entire County of Westchester, I wish Governor Pataki godspeed in his pursuit of the Oval Office. He makes his home county proud.”

Pataki announced last week his plans to run for president in Exeter, New Hampshire. On Sunday, Pataki held a rally in his hometown Peekskill, where he was mayor before he was elected to the state Assembly.