Hochul Adamant She's Not Running in NY27

"I'm going to stay as lieutenant governor."

Brendan Keany
October 01, 2019 - 1:07 pm

(WBEN Photo/Brendan Keany)

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BUFFALO (WBEN) - On Tuesday morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo told WAMC radio that he's inclined to hold a special election for former Congressman Chris Collins' empty seat in New York's 27th District.

"Western New York deserves a seat. We have a lot going on in Western New York, a lot of good things going on," Cuomo told WAMC. "Democrat or Republican, Western New York deserves representation. I would be inclined to fill the vacancy sooner rather than later."

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul made several stops in Western New York on Tuesday, and she says this decision is completely up to the governor, and she doesn't know definitively what he's going to do at this point.

"That's absolutely the governor's call, but I understand that he's considering it to make sure that district has the representation that it deserves," said Hochul. "I plan to support whoever the Democratic nominee will be for that position because we need to make sure that these individual know that we're going to continue fighting to make sure they have good, quality health care, good paying jobs, good education and all of the things we've fought for, and they haven't had that kind of representation in far too long."

There have been some rumors, or at least calls for Hochul to consider a run for the seat. During his interview with WAMC, Cuomo was asked about the viability of her returning to Western New York to make a run at NY27.

"I would be supportive of Kathy's decision," began Cuomo. "I'd be a little a selfish; I'd like her as lieutenant governor because she's a great asset to the state."

However, Hochul was pretty clear that NY27 isn't in her plans at the moment.

"I'm going to stay as lieutenant governor; I've been honored and flattered by the individuals who've asked me to look at this, but again, representing the entire State of New York is something I'm going to continue to do because I'm out there fighting for working men and women every single day, and I can have a bigger impact on a larger scale - the entire State of New York - more than just a congressional seat."

Listen to Hochul's full comments below:

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