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Cuomo accepts nomination for re-election, gets standing ovation

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo listens to applause as

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo listens to applause as he's introduced as his party's nominee for re-election, at the state's Democratic convention, in Melville on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Richard Drew

After an introduction in person from Mayor Bill de Blasio and one via video from former President Bill Clinton, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo accepted the Democratic nomination for a second term in a 28-minute speech that attacked right-wingers, evoked economic progress in New York and underscored issue of equality.

He greeted and hailed his parents, former residents of the Executive Mansion, who along with his daughters and others verbally "nominated" him for a second term and came on stage later. Cuomo proceeded to hit all the familiar rhetorical points.

He talked of the Tappan Zee Bridge, job gains, increased education funding and evaluations, minimum wage, affordable-housing efforts and new lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul.

He gave shout-outs to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and ticket mates Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, as well as local hosts Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk party chair Richard Schaffer.

The voice rose for the final volley, talking about unity, and a New York for all, and got the expected cheering standing ovation at the Huntington Hilton in Melville.

Cuomo was moving on to Cooperstown where Democratic President Barack Obama was due to visit.

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