Kathy Hochul will serve as Governor Cuomo’s running mate.
Hochul served as Congresswoman winning a special election to replace Chris Lee, who resigned in 2011. Hochul was defeated in a re-election bid to Chris Collins the following year. She is now an M&T Bank vice president.Cuomo said Hochul knows government and business and brings added perspective to the campaign 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.

Democrats will nominate Cuomo and Hochul on Thursday. This fall they face Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, and his running mate, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss.