The campaign of Lieutenant-Governor Herbert H. Lehman for governor of New York State was set officially under way last night with formal notification that he had been named a candidate for the office by the Democratic State Party.
The notification ceremonies took place at the National Democratic Club. Victor J. Dowling, former presiding judge of the Appelate Division, delivered the notification address and addresses were also delivered by Surrogate John P. O’Brien, Democratic candidate for Mayor; James A. Farley, National chairman of the Democratic Committee; M. William Bray, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor; Elmer E. Studley and John Fitzgibbons, candidates for representatives at large.
Senator William F. Wagner was also notified of his nomination for re-election to the United States Senate at the same time.
The acceptance addresses of Lieutenant Governor Lehman and Senator Wagner were broadcast.
Colonel Lehman said in his address: “My conception of true economy is not the mere coining of a phrase, but an incompromising fight against any waste, or corruption, or extravagance, and the elimination of all that is not essential or productive of specific economic and social progress. I pledge myself to the maintenance of this principle and I promise that so long as I am Governor there will not be a cent of the tax payers’ money wasted or unnecessarily spent. The character of economy must be constructive and based on intimate knowledge of conditions as well as on the ability to plan far ahead. It must not be ruthless in destroying those great understakings for which we have so bitterly fought so many years. This state, leader among the states of the nation in the pursuit of the happiness and well-being of its men, women and children cannot slip back now. New York must always be a humane state.”
Colonel Lehman was the guest of honor on Monday at a luncheon given by the Naturalized Voters’ Division of the Independent Citizen’s Committee for the election of Herbert H. Lehman and M. William Bray.
The luncheon which was attended by leading editors and writers of the foreign language press was held at the Hotel Commodore.
Dr. Henry Moskowitz presided. Addresses were delivered by Colonel Lehman, Senator Robert F. Wagner and Surrogate John P. O’Brien.
Surrogate O’Brien said: “When I am in City Hall, there will be no timidity about me as far as Washington is concerned. If at any time I can aid in tearing down the barriers set up by our unfair immigration law, you can be sure, I will do so.”
The Democratic campaign headquarters announced that Major General John F. O’Ryan, retired Commander of the 27th Division in the World War, has endorsed Colonel Lehman and has pledged his vigorous and active support to the campaign.
Major General O’Ryan has been named a vice-chairman of the Independent Citizens Committee.
Rear Admiral Samuel McGown, retired, a close personal friend of Colonel Lehman, and his superior during the war, has also made known his advocacy of the Lehman candidacy and will take an active part in the campaign, it was announced.