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Cuomo chooses Rochester mayor for lieutenant governor

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Ahead of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's convention debut, the democratic gubernatorial hopeful put some speculation to rest, officially introducing his running mate at a news conference in Manhattan. Our Josh Robin was there and has more on Cuomo's pick for Lieutenant Governor.

NEW YORK STATE -- Andrew Cuomo's pick reflects the likelihood voters have wised up to who the lieutenant governor is. After all, David Paterson was once the number two, until his boss left office and Paterson took over.

Robert Duffy is a former Republican and former Rochester police chief. On the stump, expect Cuomo to tout Duffy's leadership and confidence, even if it means the team has forfeited the diversity argument.

"He has done in Rochester what we need to do in New York State: Get our fiscal house in order, consolidate government, focus on economic development and bring 100 percent integrity and honor back to government," said Cuomo.

"I certainly have no hesitancy to take a leadership position and lead. I clearly understand the issues that we face, and in many cases, it's making the right choice, it's having the courage to say yes or no to things," Duffy said.

Including to the demands of unions, who are feuding with Duffy over his bid for control of Rochester's schools. It's a preview of even fiercer clashes statewide, between labor and the next governor.


"Yes, he tangled with public employee unions. Guess what? We're going to be tangling with public employee unions going forward," Cuomo said.

They virtually stole the Republicans' talking points. But not long ago, such an agenda and such a monochromatic ticket would have appalled fellow Democrats. That was before the economy collapsed and corruption in the capital had the party running scared. So now, they are going along.

I've got to admit: The choice of Mayor Duffy from Rochester is outstanding," said Governor Paterson.

"You don't select a candidate based upon his color or ethnicity. You elect a great candidate, a good candidate who exemplifies our core Democrat values. This is the ticket. We are excited about the 2010 ticket," said Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson.

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