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Who will be NY's Next Lt. Gov?

(WBEN/AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo and GOP challenger Rob Astorino have one thing in common these days:  Both need a running mate.

Astorino is likely to announce his choice as early as today and definitely within the next two days, while experts say Cuomo is more likely to wait and respond to the Astorino choice with his own selection the week after that.


Few people  change their vote based on the Lt. Governor selection, but if the running mate is from around here, it ripples out when a WNY incumbent needs replacement.  A local choice  also gives the next governor some firsthand knowledge of WNY, might increase local  clout and raises the possibility of a local successor .
"We will not hear from the Governor this week, In part because he has the luxury of waiting to see who Rob Astorino picks as his Lt. Governor," says Albany reporter Jimmy Vielkind of  

"If Astorino picks a woman, maybe that makes Cuomo more likely to pick a woman. If Astorino picks an upstater, that might  Cuomo more likely to do so."

Astorino, the Westchester County Executive is expected to announce his choice before the state Republican Party Convention officially nominates him on Thursday, and it is likely that he will do so Tuesday before the convention even begins.

While several Buffalo area names are believed to be on Cuomo's list of possibilities-- including Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, and former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul-   the chances of a Republican Lt. Governor candidate from around here diminished greatly when Clarence Assemblywoman Jane Corwin declined to run, citing family reasons.

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Corwin's name was mentioned as early as March when her name was tossed around at the national conservative CPAC Convention in Washington. (Read more from See March 5 post)

Michael Battle, the former US Attorney for Western New York was also under early consideration, but rejected when it was found that his stint working in Washington DC area for the US Justice Dept sabotaged the length of his New York State residency.

"I don't see, at this point, it being someone from Western New York, because a couple of people with Western New York ties have taken themselves out of consideration for one reason or another,"
--  Nick Langworthy, chair of the Erie County Republican Party.

Langworthy has heard that Astorino is considering Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and he thinks that would be one of several smart choices.

"I  think he would be a great pick. Like Rob I think he is a reform minded county executive," Langworthy says.


“What’s the difference between a lieutenant governor and a rubber stamp? At least a rubber stamp makes an impression.”
-- A joke retold in the NY Daily News's discussion of whether the choice matters      READ IT HERE
Cuomo is on the hunt for a second-in command, ever since current Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy said in early May that he would not rejoin Cuomo for a second term.
Duffy notified Cuomo of his intentions in a letter first reported by the Rochester  Democrat and Chronicle. The 59-year-old former Rochester mayor cites the travel demands of his current job and a desire to spend more time with his family.
Cuomo is widely expected to tap a running mate from western New York or Long Island. Potential candidates include Brown, Hochul , Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone or Joanie Mahoney, the Republican county executive of Onondaga County.
A Push for Brown?  Vielkind reports that "Rep. Hakeem Jeffries mentioned his support for Brown, who was born and raised in southeast Queens, in a phone call " to Cuomo last week, but adds that a minority pick is not really needed to have the African American community support Cuomo   Would picking Brown help Cuomo  do any better than he's already doing with minority voters? Would a woman help? Could another upstater help Cuomo hold off Astorino upstate? 

The questions are raised in the latest analysis Vielkind wrote at  Capitol New

From, here's What Vielkind wrote

Already, the talk of ticket-balancing is well under way. Some say this is Cuomo’s chance to redeem himself with minority leaders, finally delivering a lieutenant governor candidate of color to make up for 2010.

But so far, the only minority name on the short list is Buffalo mayor Byron Brown, who, incidentally, was mentioned four years ago, too. And Cuomo is already receiving cover from some black leaders, who says they won’t make a fuss if the 2014 ticket is again and all-white affair.
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said he was disappointed when he heard Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy would not be running for a second term.

But how did he feel when he heard his name among the rumored candidates to replace him?

"I'm not actively seeking the position of Lieutenant Governor," Poloncarz said during a news conference last week. "I'm honored that my name would be out there but I enjoy my role as County Executive, I like what I'm doing, I'm not going to actively seek the role of Lieutenant Governor, I'm not calling anybody."

Statements like that always seem to come with a caveat.

"If the Governor called me and said 'Mark I'd like you to serve with me' I'd have to seriously consider it, because when the Governor calls you, you've got to think about it. But I'm enjoying what I'm doing."

Poloncarz also acknowledged Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul as potential local replacements for Duffy. Whoever it ends up being, Poloncarz expects to find out soon.

"I am planning on going to the Democratic Convention in Suffolk County in two weeks, I had always planned on going. I expect the Governor to make an announcement of his choice of Lieutenant Governor candidate prior to the actual convention. I guess I, just like everyone else, will sort of hear the news when he announces it."

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