Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino's running mate is a familiar face to Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould.
Astorino announced Tuesday that Chris Moss, who is serving his third term as Chemung County sheriff and is president of the New York State Sheriffs' Association, will join him on the ticket.
Gould, a Republican, praised Moss as an "outstanding man" and a "great supervisor."
"I have worked with him in the past through the state Sheriffs' Association," Gould said in an interview Wednesday. "I think he's an outstanding pick... Whatever he does, he's successful in."
Astorino, who is in his second term as Westchester County executive, revealed that Moss would be his running mate one day before the start of the state Republican Party's nominating convention in Rye Brook. Astorino and Moss will be nominated Thursday at the convention.
When Astorino announced his decision in a video posted online Tuesday, he called Moss "among the best and brightest this state has to offer."
"Sheriff Moss has hands-on executive experience, overseeing a team of deputy sheriffs and a full corrections department," Astorino said. "But what Sheriff Moss most brings is a reformer's passion in a state in desperate need of reform — ethically, educationally and economically.
"I wanted an Albany outsider as a running mate to help me clean up this state and move it back into the winning column again, and I got one. Make no mistake about it: There's going to be a new sheriff in town in Albany next year."
Moss it the latest law enforcement officer to run for lieutenant governor. Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's running mate in 2010, is a former Rochester police chief. He recently announced that he won't seek re-election, which means Cuomo, a Democrat, must find another running mate.
Gould, who said he spent time working with Duffy back when Duffy was Rochester police chief, believes Duffy and Moss's law enforcement backgrounds made them appealing choices. Along with experience, he said police chiefs and sheriffs must take charge, be leaders and earn respect from the people they represent and other law enforcement officers.
"I think it's a good choice to pick police officers, certainly knowledgeable police officers that have a big background in aspects of life," he said. "I think it's a great choice for both of them."