Backed for 2nd term, Cuomo picks Hochul for lt. gov.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been nominated for re-election with former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul of Buffalo as his choice to be New York's next lieutenant governor.
Cuomo announced his running mate Wednesday with a video played at the state Democratic convention on Long Island. The party nominated both candidates shortly after.
Hochul was elected to the U.S. House in 2011 and lost re-election the next year. She's now an M&T Bank vice president.
Cuomo said Hochul knows government and business and brings added perspective 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 re-election.
This fall they face Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, and his running mate, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss.