NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Democratic Party kicked off its convention on Long Island Wednesday with the nominations of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli for re-election.
Cuomo chose former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, of Buffalo, to be New York’s next lieutenant governor.
The governor made the announcement Wednesday during a video that was played at the convention.
Hochul, currently an M&T Bank vice president, was elected to the U.S. House in 2010 and served one term.
Cuomo said Hochul has experience in both government and business and brings added perspective as a resident from western New York. She is also this year’s only female statewide candidate from a major party.
Current Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy is not seeking another term.
This fall Cuomo and Hochul will face off against Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino — Westchester County’s current executive — and his running mate, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss.
Comptroller DiNapoli, who is a former lawmaker, was appointed to the state comptroller’s office in 2007 and elected to a full term in 2010.
In his acceptance speech, DiNapoli cited his work to audit state spending, manage the state’s pension system to a record high and help financially struggling cities and towns.
DiNapoli has championed public campaign financing, but won’t participate in a pilot public financing system authorized for the comptroller’s race this year.
He faces Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci in the fall election.
Polls give DiNapoli the lead over Antonacci, but show many voters don’t have an opinion about his tenure.
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