Cuomo, the next governor, stresses 'united' New York

Andrew Cuomo declares victory in the New York

Andrew Cuomo declares victory in the New York State gubernatorial race. (Nov. 2, 2010) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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Democrat Andrew Cuomo pledged to make New York "the Empire State once again" after his victory Tuesday over a maverick Republican to become governor.

In a victory address to supporters, Cuomo, the attorney general, thanked his dad, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, and acknowledged voters are "disgusted."

"The people have spoken," Cuomo said. "They are angry. . . . They're disgusted and they are right. What they are saying is they want reform and they want Albany to change, and that's what they're going to get.

"The mandate today is to clean up Albany."

Cuomo stressed the theme that "we are one state, because we are New York.