BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) Western New York native Kathy Hochul has accepted the state’s Democratic party nomination for Lieutenant Governor.
She is known as a strong campaigner with the ability to connect with voters in a personal way.
Hochul seeemed very much at ease when she appeared before convention delegates in Melville, Long Island. “I today humbly accept, with great pride and humility, the nomination for Lt. Governor of the State of New York.” She received a standing ovation.
On Wednesday, in a video shown at the convention, Governor Andrew Cuomo had revealed Hochul as his choice for a running mate. Hochul said from the convention podium Thursday “I appreciate the faith that Governor Cuomo has put in me to work with him as part of a team to carry our message of hope and optimism across this great state.”
When she was a Congresswoman, Hochul had brought hope to the 107th Airlift Wing in the Falls when she and outgoing Lt. Governor Robert Duffy were among those fighting to save the wing from being closed down. Speaking about Duffy, Hochul said “You helped me fight for the Niagara Falls Air Base, Bob. I remember the two of us chatting on the phone nonstop.” She also said she will follow Duffy’s lead in “bringing hope back to those communities that felt neglected and abandoned for so many decades.”
Republican Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is hoping she will also listen to opponents of the SAFE Act and their efforts to revoke the gun legislation. Thursday, the sheriff said “Nothing has been done in over a year. Something is wrong in government, and something certainly needs to be changed, and if Kathy Hochul can do that, God bless her and good for her.”
State Senator Tim Kennedy called Hochul an “extraordinary leader.” Kennedy said “She has demonstrated that she can work with anyone to deliver resources to the people of Western New York.” He added she will bring diversity and balance to the ticket.