Niagara Gazette

Opinion

July 17, 2014

GLYNN: Hochul retains a low profile as running mate

Niagara Gazette — If you’re still not convinced that politics makes strange bedfellows, consider the report claiming Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has been keeping his running mate out of the spotlight. 

Cuomo got testy last week when New York Post columnist Fred Dicker suggested the governor was holding a tight rein on former Rep. Kathy Hochul, the candidate for lieutenant governor that the state Democrats selected at their convention in May. “That’s absurd and silly,” Cuomo shot back when asked about Dicker’s column. 

Karen DeWitt, who covers Albany for New York Public Radio, hinted the columnist may have struck a sensitive chord, noting that Cuomo tends to react that way when he feels cornered on a subject. For the record, Hochul has made only brief stops on the campaign trail, without discussing any issues. Neither the broadcast nor print media has been afforded any opportunity to talk with her at length.

Hochul, who also is a former Erie County clerk, is known for her conservative views like her strong opposition to gun control legislation. In addition, she raised vociferous objections when former Gov. Eliot Spitzer campaigned to approve driver’s licenses for illegal aliens. 

The Democrat governor should have no problem winning his primary race against Zephyr Teachout, a law professor at Fordham University, However, strange as it may seem, Hochul could encounter some hurdles with her opponent, Teachout’s running mate, Tim Wu, who teaches at Columbia University Law School. 

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BY THE NUMBERS: Seneca Nation of Indians President Barry E. Snyder Sr. says the tribe’s three casino properties — Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel in Salamanca, and the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino — attract more than 15 million annual visitors. Based on those totals, the casinos are luring almost double the volume of tourists to the Niagara Falls State Park every year. You have to wonder, however, how many of those patrons at the slot machines and tables ever find their way to Prospect Point or Goat Island. 

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