BUFFALO N.Y. (WIVB) – Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner tells News 4 “we are just ecstatic” that Governor Cuomo has chosen former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul as his running mate for Lt. Governor.’ Zellner says the governor now has “a highly professional female from upstate New York who’s got a lot of government experience, who’s fiercely independent, who nearly won a Congressional district that’s the toughest in the nation–the most Republican–because of what she brings to the table.” Zellner added “With that package, he couldn’t have picked a better candidate.”
The governor and his choice for running mate sat next to each other in a video presented at the state Democratic Convention on Long Island. Hochul will be officially nominated on Thursday.
“She will be the first Democratic female Lt. Governor in over 35 years,” said Governor Cuomo, “and that in and of itself is exciting.”
Hochul has been a dynamic force in Western New York politics. In 2012 she appeared with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and New York Senator Chuck Schumer as helped save the 107th Airlift Wing in the Falls from being shut down.
As Erie County Clerk Hochul fought to try and eliminate some unpopular Western New York toll booths on the New York State Thruway.
The governor’s choice of Hochul was kept under wraps until the last minute. She has proven to be a popular voter-getter and is already singing the praises of the governor’s Billion Dollars for Buffalo commitment for economic development. “In my hometown of Buffalo,” said Hochul during the video announcement, “we have seen an economic recovery that many politicians promised but only Governor Cuomo was able to deliver. It’s exciting to see how far we’ve come as a state.”
Kathy Hochul will replace Robert Duffy as the Governor’s running mate. Hochul has been serving at M&T as a Vice President specializing in government relations.