Kathy Hochul Accepts Nomination

March 20, 2011 Updated Mar 20, 2011 at 6:49 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 20, 2011 Updated Mar 20, 2011 at 6:49 PM EDT

ERIE COUNTY -( release / wkbw ) The Democratic County Chairs of Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties have unanimously nominated Kathy Hochul as the Democratic nominee for the May 24th special election in New York's 26th Congressional District.

After interviewing potential nominees one last time on Saturday, the County Chairs announced Hochul as their nominee in Geneseo.

Hochul visited the Channel 7 studios Saturday to talk about her recent decision.

In a release sent to Eyewitness News, Hochul stated, “I am running for Congress because I can do in Washington what I’ve done in Erie County – cut waste, hold down taxes, and help Western New York businesses create jobs for working families,” said Hochul. “I am looking forward to meeting residents throughout the district, and sharing my plan to get people back to work and get our economy back on track.”

“Kathy Hochul has been a proven leader in Erie County and will work to support Western New York’s hard working families,” said Judith Hunter, Chair of the Livingston County Democratic Committee. “She understands the struggles that businesses face and will work hard to help them grow and create jobs right here where it matters.”

Among her many accomplishments, Kathy has:

§ Created innovative new programs to get residents to renew their licenses and registrations locally – keeping much needed revenues here in Western New York instead of sending it to Albany,

§ Stood up to her own party and successfully fought Albany’s ill-conceived plan to mandate license plates, saving $129 million for motorists across the State, and

§ Initiated the effort to permanently remove burdensome tolls from the NYS thruway near Buffalo, saving millions for businesses and residents across the region.

More information about Kathy Hochul can be found at www.KathyHochul.com.

Kathy Hochul was first elected to Erie County Clerk in 2007.

Soon after the announcement from Hochul's campaign camp was made, a spokesman for GOP candidate Jane Corwin issued an e-mail obtained by Eyewitness News.

Matthew Harakal, Communications Director for Jane Corwin for Congress, issued the following statement today after Kathy Hochul was selected as the Democrat candidate for Congress in New York's 26th District:

"It's good to see that Kathy Hochul was able to find the Democrat Chair meeting in Geneseo, considering she doesn't even live in the 26th District. It's no surprise that her record of raising taxes and fees resonated with Washington Democrats and now she’s their handpicked candidate. A career politician who has routinely voted to raise taxes and fees is just what Nancy Pelosi and Washington Democrats want, but it's exactly what Western New Yorkers are sick of."

Local businessman Jack Davis is currently seeking petitions to land a spot on the Tea Party line, with Batavia legislator David Bellavia doing the same.