- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Tax returns released Friday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s running mate show she and her husband made $337,000 last year, a significant increase from four years earlier.

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul and her husband reported $228,000 in income in 2009, when Hochul was Erie County clerk. She served in Congress from 2011 until early 2013. After leaving office, she became a vice president at M&T; Bank, earning $172,000 in that position in 2013.

Hochul’s husband is William Hochul, the U.S. attorney for the western district of New York.

Hochul released five years of tax returns Friday. Cuomo releases his tax returns every year.

Their campaign has called on Cuomo’s Republican challenger, Rob Astorino, and his running mate, Chris Moss, to release five years of returns. Astorino, the Westchester County executive, has released a return for one year, in addition to disclosures he is required to file with the county.

“Mr. Astorino, if you have nothing to hide then show the public a minimum level of transparency they deserve,” said Peter Kauffmann, spokesman for the state’s Democratic Party.

Astorino earned $100,000 for consulting work with a Townsquare Media during his first four years as county executive. Astorino is a former radio producer and has said the work was done in his spare time.

Astorino’s campaign has said the county disclosures provide the necessary information on the candidate’s recent finances.

Cuomo’s 2013 tax return showed he received $188,333 in outside income on an advance for his book, due to be published next week.

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