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ALBANY _ Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino will choose the African American sheriff of Chemung County as his lieutenant governor running mate.
Astorino was scheduled to make the announcement late Tuesday afternoon and declined comment until then.
Sheriff Christopher J. Moss, 46, brings a law enforcement veteran to the ticket who has a record of criticizing Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s gun-control act. Astorino’s choice also shows his support for the Southern Tier, which Astorino contends was failed by Cuomo over his indecision over whether to expand drilling for natural gas opposed by environmental groups.
Moss has a master’s degree in public administration from Marist College and has worked in the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office since 1989. He moved through the ranks to become elected sheriff in 2005.
Moss is also chairman of the state’s Sheriffs Association, an influential law enforcement lobbying organization that knows Albany well.
The state Republican convention begins Wednesday in Westchester County, where Astorino is county executive. Astorino is expected to chosen as the party’s nominee on Thursday. Traditionally, the nominee and his nominated lieutenant governor then tour the state.
Moss grew up in Elmira and still lives. He is married and he and his wife have a son.