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Governor Andrew Cuomo officially accepted his party's nomination to run for a second term on the second day of the Democratic State convention Thursday. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

MELVILLE, N.Y. - To chants of "four more years," Governor Andrew Cuomo made it official.

"I accept your nomination to be governor of the state of New York," he said at the state Democratic Convention Thursday.

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, but the greatest governor in the history of the state of New York, Mario Cuomo," the governor 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," Clinton said. "He joined me on my first day as president and stayed until my last."

The governor focused on his record in Albany, including 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 that look increasingly likely that they will have to wait for term two.

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, and 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," said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. "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."

Many of the themes that the governor touched on in his speech are familiar to those who cover him regularly. The difference this time is that there was a heavy emphasis on Democratic Party unity.

Web Extra: Cuomo's full acceptance speech


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