MELVILLE, N.Y. -- After the pomp and circumstance at the New York Democratic Convention, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the official Democratic nominee for this year's gubernatorial race.
Cuomo had his family with him on stage, and in a rare display of emotion, paid tribute to his father.
"I would like to take a special point of privilege to recognize my father, my hero. The greatest governor in the history of the state of New York, Mario Cuomo," he said.
Security was very tight at the Hilton in Melville during the two-day Democratic convention, prompting some to speculate that a former president or possible future president, may be paying a visit. In the end President Bill Clinton did show up for Andrew Cuomo, only it was by video.
"I've known Andrew Cuomo for more than 20 years now. He joined me on my first day as President and stayed until my last," Clinton said.
Cuomo focused on his record in Albany. Four on-time budgets in a row, gay marriage and his Start-Up New York program to bring jobs to upstate New York. He also outlined the three legislative priorities that have eluded him: campaign finance, the Dream Act and the women's equality agenda. Priorities which look increasingly likely that they will have to wait for term two.
But the broader message was typical for Democrats -- one of optimism, inclusion and a sense of community.
"We are a family at the end of the day. And when you do well, we do well. And when you are raised we are all raised. That's the dream of New York. That we are one," Cuomo said.
Although progressives are shunning the governor for supporting conservative policies, none of that was on display during the speech.
"I think he was great. Probably one of the best speeches I ever heard him give. He had the crowd. That;s what this is about. It's a rallying cry to the troops. He certainly had the crowd with him," said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan.
"The themes the governor touched on in his speech are familiar to those of us who cover him regularly, only this time there was a heavy emphasis on Democratic Party unity.