Democrats

Many reasons for chosing Hochul over Bellone
7:12 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Bellone wasn't interested in Lt. Gov anyways

Nominees N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his running mate, former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, state Attorney Gen. Eric Schneiderman, and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, left to right.
Credit AP/Richard Drew

During his nomination speech yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone very briefly before moving to heap praise on his choice for lieutenant governor, former upstate congresswoman Kathy Hochul.  

Bellone was often mentioned as a possibly lieutenant governor but a lot of things stood in the way, not the least of which was that Bellone wasn’t interested. 

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Government
1:26 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

NY Senate ruling coalition gains a new member

Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeffrey Klein, left, D-Yonkers, and Sen. Tony Avella, D-Queens, talk in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Avella will become the fifth member of the IDC, which has ruled the state Senate in a coalition with Republicans since 2011.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

Senator Tony Avella of Queens  has left the minority Democrats to join the governing coalition of Republicans and Independent Democrats.

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