Cuomo addresses New York Democratic convention

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has launched his bid for a second term with a progressive call to action and a boost from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.



The two men addressed their party's state convention Thursday on Long Island. Cuomo's business-friendly policies have angered some progressives, but de Blasio's endorsement could help blunt that criticism.



Former President Bill Clinton announced the nomination of Cuomo via video. In a 30-minute speech accepting his party's nomination, Cuomo cited his work to pass gay marriage and gun control and called Republicans the party of negativity and fear.



The governor claimed in his speech that New York and his home county of Westchester are better off now than they were four years ago. He referenced the progress made on the Tappan Zee Bridge thus far, and promised even more progress to come.



Though Cuomo never mentioned the name of his GOP opponent, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the attacks in his speech were fairly obvious.



Cuomo's running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul of Buffalo, addressed Democrats a day after being announced as Cuomo's choice and vowed to help Cuomo's efforts to boost the upstate economy.



AP wires were used in this report.


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