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Hochul takes campaign to Tonawanda

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Kathy Hochul was out meeting with Town of Tonawanda Democratic politicians Tuesday.

The former congresswoman has been keeping a fairly low profile as she campaigns. Under state law, she's allied with Governor Cuomo but the governor and the lieutenant governor are on separate lines on the ballot for party primaries. Hochul does face a primary against Tim Wu, although she points out he's not officially on the ballot yet.

"Jobs are number one. Affordable housing, actually, the major issue in New York City, something we don't fortunately have to deal with here but that's something I hear about constantly," Hochul said before joining a group of Tonawanda politicians aboard the Niagara River cruise ship "Grand Lady."
"Also infrastructure improvements, the need to have money coming out of Washington and to go to Albany to be able to fix our roads and bridges. There's actually a lot of commonality in interests."

Under questioning by reporters, Hochul defends the governor's efforts on campaign reform and says Republican challenger Rob Astorino is hypocritical in his attacks because the Westchester County executive needs to explain his favors for aides and allies in running his county.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.