Andrew Cuomo is once again the Democratic nominee for governor after the party named him its candidate at its convention in Long Island.
The incumbent governor was officially nominated by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The men, who worked together at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the 1990s, spent the first few months of the year squabbling over policies, but the new mayor introduced Cuomo with a resounding vote of confidence.
"No matter what’s thrown at him, he stuck to his guns and persevered," de Blasio said. "That is what we Democrats rely on in our leaders. That’s what a true leader does."
And while Cuomo's GOP challenger Westchester executive Rob Astorino framed repeatedly accused the administration of leading a race to the bottom during his own nomination speech, Cuomo begged to differ.
"New York is on the move," he told the audience of delegates, never mentioning Astorino during his almost half-hour long speech. "The direction is up, and we are not stopping until we make the Empire State stronger and better than it's ever been before."
On Wednesday, Cuomo announced former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul as his nominee for lieutenant governor. The two shared the stage and raised their hands clasped together, but not before the sitting governor made another pitch for a second term.
"There is much much more to do," he said. "That's why we need another four years to do it."
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