Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed his choice for lieutenant governor via a video address to delegates at the Democratic State Party convention on Long Island. The announcement of former Western New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul comes as a new poll Cuomo continues to face a threat from some in the left wing of his party.
Governor Cuomo will not actually attend the convention until the day of his own nomination, but he did record a message announcing his choice of Hochul for a running mate.
Cuomo says Hochul is a person “who knows the needs of Upstate New York” and “the particular needs of Western New York”. In a scripted delivery Hochul talked up Buffalo and credited Cuomo. “In my home town of Buffalo, we have seen an economic recovery that many politicians promised, but only Governor Cuomo was able to deliver,” Hochul said.
Hear capital correspondent Karen DeWitt's report from the state Democratic convention on Long Island.
Cuomo lost in the Buffalo region in 2010, so the choice of Hochul, who was also Erie County Clerk, can help him there, as well as appeal to women statewide. Hochul, like Cuomo, is considered a moderate Democrat.
Concerns surrounding rail car transport of flammable oils and gases have motivated Syracuse Common Councilor Jean Kessner to push for tighter regulations. This news comes after Senator Chuck Schumer's critique of a recent rail safety initiative, agreed to by the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Association of American Railroads on February 20, 2014.
How much might a soldier’s combat experience cause them to commit a crime? The New York State Defenders Association says ‘a lot’ in some cases. The group is pushing a bill in Albany it says will bring more justice to court proceedings when the defendant is a veteran or active duty military. Executive Director Jonathan Gradess says he’s trying to protect a group of vulnerable service members.
Rob Astorino accepted the Republican nomination for Governor at the state party convention in Westchester, saying Governor Cuomo hasn’t live up to his promises to improve the state.
He was nominated in his home county of Westchester, where he is the County Executive. He painted a grim picture of the state, saying New York is 50th out of the 50 states in high taxes, economic outlook, and corruption. And he blames it all on bad government.
“What have our politicians done? They’ve nearly ruined a once great state,” Astorino said. “The statistics scream incompetence.”
Listen to Karen DeWitt's report from the GOP convention in Westchester County.
Astorino says Governor Cuomo has failed to deliver on promises to bring the state back, and the GOP nominee says now it should be his turn to try. Astorino says he knows the state can’t immediately be number on in attracting business, but could perhaps become the most competitive state in the Northeast. He says he would repeal the gun control laws known as the SAFE Act, and championed by Cuomo, and get rid of the new national Common Core educational standards.