May 22, 2014
Cuomo taps Hochul as running mate
MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has picked former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul (HOE-kuhl) of Buffalo as his choice to be New York's next lieutenant governor.
Cuomo made the announcement Wednesday with a video played at the state Democratic convention on Long Island.
Hochul was elected to the U.S. House in 2010 and served one term. 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.
DiNapoli nominated for re-election as comptroller
MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (dee-NAP'-oh-lee) has won the Democratic Party's nomination for a second term.
DiNapoli received his party's nod Wednesday at the Democratic state convention on Long Island. He faces Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci (an-tuh-NAH'-chee) in the fall election.
A former lawmaker, DiNapoli was appointed to the comptroller's office in 2007 and elected to a full term in 2010. In his acceptance speech, he cited his work to audit state spending, manage the state's pension system to a record high and help financially struggling cities and towns.
DiNapoli has championed public campaign financing, but won't participate in a pilot public financing system authorized for the comptroller's race this year.
Polls give DiNapoli the lead over Antonacci but show many voters don't have an opinion about his tenure.
NY AG Schneiderman nominated for 2nd term
MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been nominated for a second term by the state Democratic Party.
Schneiderman won the endorsement Wednesday at the state Democratic Convention on Long Island. He faces John Cahill, a former top aide to former Gov. George Pataki, in the fall election.
The 59-year-old says he's worked to go after corruption and fraudulent business practices while protecting the rights of citizens. Schneiderman is a former state lawmaker who was elected the state's top law enforcement official in 2010.
Schneiderman's nomination was seconded by Shantel Walker, a 32-year-old Brooklyn pizzeria employee who said Schneiderman has stood up for the working class.
Cahill, who was nominated last week by the state GOP, has said Schneiderman hasn't done enough to go after government corruption.
Comment period extended on crude oil facility
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State regulators have extended the public comment period for a fuel shipping company's plan to expand crude oil handling operations at the Port of Albany.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says Wednesday that the comment period on Global Companies' air permit application has been extended an additional 60 days until Aug. 1 because of broad public interest.
Waltham, Massachusetts-based Global wants to add heating facilities at its Albany terminal so it can handle thick, tar-like crude oil of the sort that's being mined in western Canada.
Global and another company, Buckeye Partners, have vastly expanded their Port of Albany operations to handle crude oil shipped by train from North Dakota's Bakken Shale region. Albany has become a key hub for western crude heading for East Coast refineries.
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