Cuomo Looks Upstate for Running Mate

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has picked a former congresswoman from western New York to be his lieutenant governor. The announcement of Kathy Hochul comes as a new poll shows Cuomo continues to face a threat from the left wing of his party.

In a video message to delegates at the Democratic State Party convention on Long Island, Cuomo called Hochul a person “who knows the needs of Upstate New York” and “the particular needs of Western New York.”

Hochul, also on the video, then 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 the Buffalo region in 2010. The choice of Hochul is expected to help him there and appeal to women statewide.

A Quinnipiac University poll finds the incumbent governor continues to face challenges pleasing the more progressive wing of his party. The poll shows while Cuomo is still nearly 30 points ahead of his Republican opponent Rob Astorino, a candidate running to the left of the incumbent governor would get 22 percent of the vote, if the election were held today.

New York’s Republican Party held its convention last week, nominating Astorino and Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss as his running mate.

Governor Cuomo will be officially nominated on Thursday. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is scheduled to deliver the nominating speech.