Cuomo to campaign for Hochul, Slaughter (UPDATED x2)

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo will soon hit the congressional campaign trail for several New York Democrats locked in tight races, including Reps. Kathy Hochul and Louise Slaughter.

Appearing on an Albany radio show, Cuomo said he will campaign for Slaughter and Hochul on Friday, along with Rep. Tim Bishop of Long Island.

“I am appearing for a couple of congressional candidates tomorrow,” Cuomo said Thursday on Talk1300 (WGDJ). “I’ll be campaigning with Congresswoman Hochul and Congresswoman Slaughter and Tim Bishop tomorrow. We’re trying to put that together.”

A spokesman said Cuomo will campaign with both Slaughter and Hochul in Greece, Monroe County. According to the Slaughter campaign, the rally will take place at 10 a.m. at the Local 13 Plumbers & Pipefitters Hall on the Rochester side of the city’s border with Greece. It’s free and open to the public.

The location is in Slaughter’s redrawn district, but Hochul is running for a district that would include the Monroe towns of Mendon, Rush, Wheatland and Hamlin.

Hochul and Slaughter are both locked in difficult races. Hochul, of Amherst, Erie County, is in a dead heat with former Erie County Executive Chris Collins, while Fairport’s Slaughter has a single-digit lead over Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, according to the latest Siena College poll.

Cuomo also mentioned Syracuse-area candidate Dan Maffei, a former congressman challenging Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle. It wasn’t clear when he would be appearing on Maffei’s behalf.

The Democratic governor, meanwhile, has also said he will campaign out of state for President Barack Obama, but said Thursday he is “basically on standby.”

“They havent given me a definitive schedule, but they’re talking about Ohio and they’re talking about Virginia, whatever the swing states are for them,” Cuomo said.

(AP file photo)

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