Albany, NY (WBEN) There will be a Western New York touch in this year's governor's race. Kathy Hochul will serve as Governor Cuomo's running mate.
In a video shown to delegates at the state Democratic Convention, Hochul says New York is moving forward, but "the work is not done yet." SEE THE VIDEO BELOW
Hochul served as Congresswoman winning a special election to replace Chris Lee, who resigned in 2011. Hochul was defeated in a re-election bid to Chris Collins the following year. She is now an M&T Bank vice president.
Cuomo said Hochul knows government and business and brings added perspective to the campaign as a western New York resident and this year's only female statewide candidate from a major party. Current Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy is not seeking another term.
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Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Jeremy Zellner says Hochul is a great choice. "We are vey excited. We couldn't be happier for Kathy or more energized to work for the governor and Kathy," says Zellner, who thinks Hochul will be an asset to the ticket statewide. "She brings a breath of fresh air, she has a lot of government experience, a lot of professional experience. She's highly qualified to run for office and represent this community."
Former Mayor Tony Masiello agrees. "She brings a lot of energy, passion, personal integrity and ethics to the ticket," says Masiello. "She connects with people, different kinds of people from all walks of life, People identify with her because she's real, she's genuine and she's a good person."
Democrats will nominate Cuomo and Hochul on Thursday. This fall they face Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, and his running mate, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss.
VIDEO: Courtesy NYS Democratic Party