Gov. Andrew Cuomo found a new running mate in former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul.
The incumbent governor named Hochul as the New York State's Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor after Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy announced he would not seek reelection with Cuomo in 2014.
"It is exciting to see how far we have come as a state and I don't want to be on the sidelines for what the future holds," Hochul said in a statement Wednesday.
"Like I have my whole life, I want to roll up my sleeves and be part of the transformation of this great state," she added.
Previously, Hochul won a 2011 special election that sent her to Congress for one term. A Buffalo native, she also served as Erie County Clerk from 2007 until 2011. After her stint in Washington D.C., she worked as a vice president with M&T Bank.
Cuomo, who is scheduled to accept the party's nomination for reelection on Thursday, praised Hochul in his own statement.
"Kathy is a person who knows Upstate New York, knows Western New York, knows the federal government, who has worked in the private sector and knows business, who knows New York's needs all across the board," Cuomo wrote.
If the duo can overcome Westchester executive and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, who is running with Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss, Hochul would be the first female Democratic Lieutenant Governor in more than 35 years since Mary Anne Krupsak under Gov. Hugh Carey.
The last woman to serve as lieutenant governor was Republican Mary Donohue under Gov. George Pataki. Betsy McCaughey served with Pataki immediately before her.
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