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.