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  The republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor joined State Comptroller Candidate Bob Antonacci today in Syracuse to announce a way to get more votes in November – possibly from people who aren’t republicans.  They filed 62,000 petition signatures to create the “Stop Common Core” party and ballot line.  Antonacci has heard plenty of opposition to the school-standards policy while campaigning.

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.  

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.

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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.” 

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.