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Stephanie Miner picks Pelham mayor, a Republican, as running mate in NY governor's race
ALBANY — Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has chosen Pelham Mayor Michael Volpe — a Republican — as her running mate in her independent bid to defeat Gov. Andrew Cuomo this fall.
In an interview with the USA TODAY Network's Albany Bureau, Miner revealed Volpe as her pick to run for lieutenant governor, pointing to him as someone who "shares (her) goals and values."
Miner, a Democrat, and Volpe, a Westchester County Republican, create a bipartisan ticket hoping to knock off Cuomo, a two-term Democratic incumbent, and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul....
...First elected in 2010 after a term as attorney general, Cuomo is in an enviable position for re-election with more than $30 million in his campaign account.
He is running in a Democratic primary against actor and activist Cynthia Nixon, though polls show him with a hefty lead among Democratic voters.
Nixon, however, has already secured the Working Families Party nod, which means she could stay on the third-party line in November even if she loses the Democratic primary.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has the Republican nod locked up, while Howie Hawkins is running on the Green Party line and Larry Sharpe is running as a Libertarian.