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+Andrew Cuomo/Kathy Hochul
(D, WOR, IND, WEP )
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2,069,480
54.28%
Rob Astorino/Chris Moss (R,CON,SCC)
1,537,077
40.31%
Howie Hawkins/Brian Jones (G)
184,419
4.84%
Michael McDermott/Chris Edes (L)
16,769
0.44%
Steven Cohn/Bobby Kalotee (SAP)
4,963
0.13%

3,812,708

Also:  101,546 blank votes,  4,434 void, and 6,378 scattering... Total 3,924,990.
Plurality:  532,403 votes (13.96 percentage points).
New York State Board of Elections




Notes:  Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was elected to a second term, defeating Westchester County Executive  Rob Astorino (R) by almost 14 percentage points.  Howie Hawkins (G), calling for a "Green New Deal," achieved a strong showing for a third-party candidate.  Former real estate broker and developer Michael McDermott (L) and one other candidate rounded out the field. 

On May 8, 2014, Robert Duffy, Cuomo's lieutenant governor for his first term and the former mayor of Rochester, announced he would not run for re-election.  Cuomo named former U.S. Rep. Kathy Hochul as his running mate on May 21, just in advance of the state Democratic convention (>).  In an interesting gambit, in July 2014 Cuomo formed the Women's Equality Party, which was met by considerable skepticism.  In the Sept. 9 Democratic primary Cuomo faced challenges from underfunded law professor Zephr Teachout and comedian Randy Credico.  He won by a wide margin
(62.92% to 33.47% and 3.61%), but Teachout's candidacy and stronger than expected showing heartened progressives.  

On the Republican side, Astorino announced his candidacy on Mar. 5, 2014.  He announced Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss, an African-American, as his running mate on May 13, and accepted the party's nomination at its convention on May 15.

There was only one debate: Cuomo, Astorino, Hawkins and McDermott debated in Buffalo on Oct. 22, hosted by The Buffalo News and WNED/WBFO (>).

Politico reported that the Cuomo campaign raised $46.9 million over four years, and that, together with spending by the state Democratic party, the amount
was a record for a sitting New York governor's campaign and more than 5.3 times as much as the Astorino campaign and its allies.


Campaign Managers:
Andrew Cuomo  Joe Percoco
Described as "Andrew Cuomo's right hand man" and "long-time confidant to the Cuomo family."  Worked for Andrew Cuomo in the Governor's office, when he was Attorney General and at HUD. Interned for Gov. Mario Cuomo.  J.D. from St. John's Law School.  Bronx native.  see T.J. Pignataro article below

Rob Astorino  Mike Lawler
Executive director (Sept. 2011-Jan. 2014), political director/deputy political director (Feb.-Sept. 2011) and special assistant to the chairman (Nov. 2009-Feb. 2011) at the New York Republican State Committee.  B.B.A. in accounting and finance from Manhattan College, 2009.

Howie Hawkins  Ursula Rozum
(Mar. 2014)  Fundraising coordinator/volunteer coordinator for Syracuse Peace Council from Dec. 2010.  Green Party candidate for Congress in NY-24 in 2012.  Youth development specialist at Boys and Girls clubs, Nov. 2010-June 2011.  Community Impacts VISTA, Aug. 2009-Aug. 2010.  Volunteer coordinator for Citizen Action of New York, 2008.  B.A. in political science, Latin American literature from McGill University.


See also:
Bill Mahoney.  "Cuomo committee set a fund-raising record."  Politico, Dec. 2, 2014.

Thomas Kaplan.  "Awash in Campaign Cash, Cuomo benefited From Big Donors and Loopholes."  New York Times, Nov. 4, 2014.

Michelle Goldberg.  "The Women's Equality Party Is a Joke."  The Nation, Oct. 24, 2014.

Karen DeWitt.  "Why did Cuomo form a new women's political party?"  NCPR, Oct. 16, 2014.

John Cassidy.  "The Meaning of Andrew Cuomo's Embarrasment."  New Yorker, Sept. 10, 2014.

The Editors.  "Zephyr Teachout for Governor of New York."  The Nation, Sept. 15, 2014 [issue date].

Mohsin Zaheer.  "First South Asian on New York State Lt. Governor Ballot."  ViewWeek, Sept. 9, 2014.

Joseph Spector.  "Cuomo reports $35 million in campaign war chest."  lohud, July 15, 2014.

"David Howard King.  "Filling the Progressive Void: Hawkins' 2014 Mission."  GothamGazette, June 10, 2014.

Jon Campbell.  "Rob Astorino, a Republican, announces run for governor."  Poughkeepsie Journal, Mar. 6, 2014.


Postscript:
Casey Seiler.  "Cuomo claims he thought Percoco was doing ‘transition work’ during 2014 stint as campaign manager."  Albany Times Union, Mar. 14, 2018.

T.J. Pignataro.  "Joseph Percoco's ties to Cuomo run nearly as deep as blood."  Buffalo News, Sept. 22, 2016.

Casey Seiler.  "Gov. Andrew Cuomo campaign payroll listed Joe Percoco as paid wages, not as consultant."  Albany Times Union, May 5, 2016.
 








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