THE BRONX - A man with his sights on the state's top seat launched the first leg of his campaign tour for New York governor in the Bronx. 

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is a Republican, but says he came to the historically Democratic borough in hopes of securing Bronx voters against any other GOP candidates in the June primary, and possibly against Democratic incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the November election. 

Astorino made clear his promise of change in Albany while speaking in front of the Bronx County courthouse, specifically wanting to keep residents in the state. 

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was far from enthusiastic about Astorno's visit. He said in a statement, "Before Rob Astorino came to the Bronx to launch a political campaign, he should have had the decency to apologize for having called our residents illegals who 'can't necessarily keep a house.' Such words are divisive, bordering on outright racism."