A list of Gov. Cuomo’s options for running mate

May 8, 2014 Associated Press
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ALBANY— Here are some of the candidates mentioned as possible running mates for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo now that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has announced he will not seek a second term:

—Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown: A former lawmaker, Brown was first elected mayor in 2005 and has been a close Cuomo ally.

—Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone: Elected in 2011, Bellone’s help could prove vital in voter-rich Long Island, once a Republican stronghold but now a political toss-up.

—Former U.S. Rep. Kathy Hochul of western New York: Many observers say a female candidate would help balance the ticket, and Hochul could help build support in Buffalo, upstate New York’s largest city.

—Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney: A Republican who grew up in Syracuse, Mahoney would appeal to moderate voters from both parties and to central New York residents.

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