Backed for 2nd Term, Cuomo Picks Kathy Hochul for Lieutenant Gov.

The Democratic party nominated Andrew Cuomo for governor and Kathy Hochul for lieutenant governor

Thursday, May 22, 2014  |  Updated 6:52 PM EDT
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Andrew Cuomo officially launched his bid for a second term on Thursday, alongside a new running mate. Government Affairs Reporter Melissa Russo reports from Melville.

Andrew Cuomo officially launched his bid for a second term on Thursday, alongside a new running mate. Government Affairs Reporter Melissa Russo reports from Melville.

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 2010 and served one term. She is 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 another term.

This fall they face Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, and his running mate, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss.

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