ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Andrew Cuomo overwhelmingly won the New York governor’s seat his father held for 12 years, promising to take the state back to days of moral integrity and effective government.
“The people have spoken tonight and they have been loud and clear,” the New York governor-elect said Tuesday night with his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, and his mother, Matilda Cuomo, at his side.
“They are angry they are paying for an economic recession they didn’t cause,” he said. “They are frustrated when they look at the dysfunction and degradation in Albany.
“The mandate is to clean up Albany and have elected officials who represent the people of this state, and not the special interests and not the lobbyists.”
Cuomo promised “a government of competence and performance and integrity.”
He galloped past Republican Carl Paladino, the Buffalo developer who hoped to ride a wave of anger and tea party activism. But unlike tea party members in many races nationwide, Paladino was stopped by the power of Cuomo and a Democratic dynasty.
“Last year, with the unexpected and remarkable ascent of the tea party we saw the passion of people spill into the streets,” Paladino said to cheering supporters. “I joined the tea party movement for the same reason I joined the United States Army, because I love my country.”