Kathy Hochul


There’s some speculation about whether Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo might be a candidate for Lt. Governor this year.

13WHAM News on Friday says it has learned that Dinolfo is a top choice for Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro.

Dinolfo is already heading up Molinaro’s search committee for Lieutenant Governor.

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People participating in marches in the United States and around the world walked in support of female empowerment and denounced President Donald Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women's rights on the anniversary of his inauguration.

That included the location often referred to as the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, Seneca Falls, where a large crowd marched Saturday by the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, among other landmarks.

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul joins us for the first part of the program to talk upstate economic development, sexual assault legislation and a few other topics.

Then, we talk with Maggie Garrett, national legislative director with Citizens United for the Separation of Church and State.


Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was in Rochester on Thursday to attend the first meeting of the Rochester Anti-Poverty Task Force, which began discussions on how to advance plans to combat poverty and fight inequality in the Rochester area.

In this hour, we talk to Lt. Governor candidate Kathy Hochul. She's running with Governor Andrew Cuomo in Tuesday's primary election. What is her vision for the job? How does she respond to critics on her left who say her record is too conservative? We'll find out. Then we'll talk to a panel of political reporters from across the state, including our Capital Correspondent, Karen DeWitt, "New York Now" Host Matt Ryan, and Capital New York's Blake Zeff.

The question of "Who will be Andrew Cuomo's running mate" is finally answered. Former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul was named Cuomo's running mate in his re-election bid at the New York State Democratic Convention Wednesday afternoon. 

Hochul serves as vice president of government relations for Buffalo-based M&T Bank, but filled the 26th Congressional District seat vacated by the resignation of Chris Lee in 2011. After winning four-way special eleciton she lost a close race in 2012 to former Erie County Executive Chris Collins.

Collins Takes Close Race Over Hochul

Nov 7, 2012

It was the wee hours of the morning until a winner was declared in the 27th Congressional District.

After the AP declared Republican Chris Collins the winner shortly after 1 a.m., Collins made a short victory speech while Hochul did not make a concession speech. 

It was just before 2 a.m. when Hochul released a concession statement via e-mail. Collins, the former Erie County Executive, was ahead by over 4,000 votes, with reportedly 20,000 absentee ballots remaining in the heavily Republican district.