WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Rumors that have been circulating for weeks that President-elect Donald Trump may tap Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino as the new head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development are picking up steam.
Trump pal Astorino is a longtime foe of HUD, having gotten into a battle over federal funding and affordable housing in Westchester.
Dailycaller.com reported that Astorino spokesman William O’Reilly said that any conversations that the county chief and the billionaire may or may not have on the subject are “private.”
Meanwhile, the New York Post reported Sunday that Astorino’s name is indeed being floated for HUD secretary.
Trump owns a 230-acre estate that straddles three towns along Byram Lake.
The position was once held by Andrew Cuomo. As part of the Clinton administration before becoming New York’s 56th governor Cuomo headed HUD from 1997 to 2001.
Astorino unsuccessfully sought to unseat the incumbent Cuomo in the 2014 gubernatorial elections.
Trump also owns Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley in Stormville and Trump National Westchester in Briarcliff Manor. The Trump name also adorns Trump Tower At City Center in White Plains, Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, Trump Park Residences in Yorktown and the Donald J. Trump State Park on the Westchester/Putnam border.