New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Picks Rep. Antonio Delgado to be New Lieutenant Governor

Rep. Antonio Delgado was picked by Gov. Kathy Hochul as her lieutenant governor on Tuesday. | Seth Wenig/AP Photo

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday named Rep. Antonio Delgado as New York’s next lieutenant governor to fill the vacancy left by her former second-in-command, who was arrested on federal bribery charges and resigned last month.

Hochul called Delgado “a rising star with a resume to match” during the official announcement in Albany that was attended by his wife, Lacey, and their twin 8-year-old sons, Maxwell and Coltrane, who offered occasional commentary on the proceedings in matching gray blazers.

Delgado said he is “beyond excited to get out there and connect with the people of New York,” specifically pointing to work he’s done to send economic development funds to local communities and link agricultural markets upstate to markets downstate.

“As we embark on this journey together, I look forward to connecting with diverse communities all across New York,” he said. “I look forward to building meaningful relationships, to tapping into the goodness of our collective power.”

The move gives Hochul a proven vote-getter and a minority candidate from upstate New York, where she has been vulnerable. It also pulls Delgado out of a potentially competitive House race in New York — a seat that could run across the Hudson Valley and into central New York, depending on how the lines are drawn.

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SOURCE: Politico, Bill Mahoney and Anna Gronewald