Eye on NY: Upstate members of Congress back Cuomo-Hochul in final days before Democratic primary
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Eye on NY: Upstate members of Congress back Cuomo-Hochul in final days before Democratic primary

U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei wasn't the only Democratic member of Congress to endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo and running mate Kathy Hochul ahead of Tuesday's Democratic primary. 

Along with Maffei, D-Syracuse, every other Democratic member of upstate's House delegation backed Cuomo and Hochul in their respective primary battles, Gannett's Joseph Spector reported Friday

One of the House members backing the Cuomo-Hochul ticket is U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, who decided not to run for re-election this year

Owens, D-Plattsburgh, praised Cuomo for his economic policies and other actions, including his efforts to help the North Country recover after two hurricanes, Irene and Sandy. And Owens lauded Hochul, a former colleague who served in the House from June 2011 to January 2013. 

"I have known Kathy Hochul for many years including the years when we worked together in Congress," Owens said in a statement. "Kathy has long been a strong advocate for job creation, women’s health policy and common sense government. I urge all of my friends to support Kathy Hochul in the primary election on September 9, 2014."

U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, a Rochester-area Democrat, also backed the Cuomo-Hochul ticket. 

"Governor Cuomo has been an integral partner in turning around the upstate New York economy," Slaughter said in a statement. "I am proud to pledge my support for Governor Cuomo and former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul as governor and lieutenant governor this fall and I look forward to working with them to build on the progress of the past four years."

Cuomo is facing two primary challengers for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. His opponents are activist Randy Credico and Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout. 

Teachout's running mate, Timothy Wu, is challenging Hochul for the Democratic nod for lieutenant governor. 

In New York, there are separate primaries for governor and lieutenant governor. When voters head to the polls for the general election in November, they will vote for the entire ticket — governor and lieutenant governor, not the individual positions. 

The winners of Tuesday's primary, which will likely be Cuomo and Hochul, will face Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino and his running mate Chris Moss in the general election. 

There are minor party candidates running for governor, including Green Party challenger and Syracuse resident Howie Hawkins. Hawkins ran for governor in 2010 and received 59,906 votes, which secured an automatic spot on the ballot for the Green Party. 

Get Democratic primary results Tuesday on auburnpub.com

Beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday, we will have live coverage as the results come in for the Democratic primaries for governor and lieutenant governor. 

Head over to auburnpub.com/eyeonny for the live blog or follow me on Twitter @robertharding

Online producer Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or robert.harding@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.

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