Cuomo picks Rochester mayor as running mate
(AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomoannounced Wednesday he had chosen Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy ashis running mate, calling Duffy a "true partner" who shares hispriorities for reforming Albany.
"He has done in Rochester what we need to do in New York state:get our fiscal house in order, consolidate government, focus oneconomic development, and bring 100 percent integrity and honorback to government," Cuomo said, introducing Duffy at a newsconference in Manhattan.
Duffy, who served as Rochester police chief for seven yearsbefore becoming mayor in 2006, has been credited with reducingtaxes in that city and working to bring the troubled public schoolsystem under mayoral control. He said that as lieutenant governor,he would work to reign in the some of the excesses of stategovernment, noting that the average family in Rochester lives on$29,000 annually.
"What we can't do is keep putting enormous costs of governmenton the backs of people making $29,000 a year," Duffy said.
As part of that effort, both Cuomo and Duffy said they wouldn'thesitate to take on the state's public sector unions, typically apowerful constituency and source of fundraising for Democraticcandidates and lawmakers.
Cuomo praised Duffy for his negotiations with union leaders inRochester and promised more to come.
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