Cuomo picks Rochester mayor for Lt. Gov.

John O'Brien May 26, 2010, 11:00am


NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has chosen a running mate for his gubernatorial campaign.

Tuesday, Cuomo picked Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy as his pick for lieutenant governor. Duffy has been in that office since 2006 and previously served as Rochester's police chief.

Cuomo officially announced his candidacy Saturday. Polls show he will have little trouble emerging victorious.

A Siena Research Institute poll shows Cuomo, a Democrat, leading all Republican challengers by more than 40 percentage points. Both parties' nominating conventions are being held this week.

Cuomo served as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1997-2001 under President Bill Clinton, and some say Cuomo's reign was a big cause of the financial problems of today.

Cuomo required Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to buy $2.4 trillion in mortgages over a 10-year span. Cuomo said that meant affordable housing for 28.1 million low- and moderate-income families.

Others say that meant financial institutions were making loans they wouldn't normally make.

Still, Cuomo is viewed as the most popular candidate for a statewide office with a 67 percent "favorable" rating.

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