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Cuomo Picks Hochul for Lieutenant Gov as State Democratic Convention Begins

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Governor Andrew Cuomo's campaign team tried to keep people guessing during the first day of the State Democratic Convention, changing the schedule and initially refusing to confirm the governor's choice for his running mate. The party also remains divided over a number of issues that were quickly swept under the rug. State house reporter Zack Fink filed a report from Melville on Long Island.

Facing a potential challenge from the Working Families Party on the left, Governor Cuomo has been working to unite the Democrats.

"I think we've seen more true Democratic values and progressive values move forward in the past four years than we have in a long time. Now that there is disagreement within a Democratic party, ooh that's crazy? Of course there's disagreement within the Democratic party, there should be,” said former Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Sources say the governor is considering accepting the nomination of the Independence Party.
And that has some Democrats worried.

"I think the concerns right now are that we do not want the governor to take the Independence line. There has been a lot of discussion about the malfeasance within the leadership of that party. We do not want to associate with them,” said Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs.

After guarding the secret of who the governor would nominate for his lieutenant governor like they were the nuclear codes, the campaign team revealed that former Rep. Kathy Hochul of the Buffalo area would be Cuomo's running mate.

The governor also replaced Harlem Assemblyman Keith Wright as Democratic State co-chair, and named former Governor David Paterson as chairman.

Paterson says one of his goals will be reuniting the two warring Democratic factions in the state Senate to reclaim a Democratic majority.

"I don't know that they want to come back right now. Maybe there are some changes that they would like to see that would make them feel comfortable coming back and then we would have a plan on what it is that would satisfy them,” said Paterson.

"We want to elect Democrats. You know when the dust settles on an election though it's time to govern. And that's what I want to do and that's what I think we have done over the last four years,” said Klein.

Now that the Governor has been formally nominated, Thursday is reserved for his acceptance speech. We are told he will not be here long, he'll deliver his address and then join President Barack Obama, who will be in Cooperstown to promote tourism.

The latest Quinnipiac University survey shows 57 percent of New York voters favor Cuomo, compared to just 28 who back Astorino.

But the poll shows that if a more progressive or liberal candidate were to run on the Working Families Party line, Cuomo's support drops to 37 percent.

Astorino gets 24 percent and the hypothetical candidate gets 22 percent.

The poll surveyed 1,129 state voters between May 14th and the 19th.

It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP