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Cuomo says he hopes Hochul runs again with him

ALBANY – It’s semi-official: Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul want to stay together.

A few weeks after Hochul, a Democrat from Buffalo, said she fully intends to run again this November with Cuomo at the top of the ticket, Cuomo on Thursday said he hopes that happens again.

“I would very much like her to be on the ticket … She is my choice for lieutenant governor,’’ Cuomo said after an event Thursday afternoon on Long Island.

There has been speculation that Cuomo might be looking elsewhere for a new lieutenant governor candidate for the fall elections. The theorizing spread when a top Cuomo aide last month declined to say if Cuomo wanted Hochul to run again.

In a Buffalo News interview last month at her Capitol office, Hochul made her choice publicly known: She wants to run again with Cuomo. She dismissed talk of her seeking her old seat in Congress with a run against U.S. Rep. Chris Collins.

“This is just political fodder of the chattering class and other individuals who like to hallucinate scenarios. It’s a great pastime of people in politics and the media,’’ Hochul said at the time. She said she expected a formal announcement of the ticket sometime down the road.

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