Fresh off his endorsement from The New York Times on Thursday, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Tim Wu was in Albany to criticize former Rep. Kathy Hochul’s record in the House of Representatives.

Wu, speaking at a news conference, railed against Hochul’s votes on a range of environmental measures in Congress, which he said were favored by the Republican leadership.

He added the Times endorsement was a major boost to his candidacy.

“We’re excited, we’re enthusiastic, it’s been a big shot in the arm for the campaign,” Wu said.

Hochul defended her voting record in a YouTube video released by the state Democratic Committee on Thursday, and later addressed the criticism in radio interview on The Capitol Pressroom.

But Wu says he and his running mate, gubernatorial hopeful Zephyr Teachout, are more aligned with the Democratic base in New York who will vote on Sept. 9.

Wu knocked both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Hochul for not agreeing to debates.

“I think they’re making a mockery of democracy, if the democratic process here,” Wu said. “They’re trying to pretend there’s not a primary — that’s been their strategy the entire time.”

After the news conference, Wu walked across State Street to attend a labor rally being held on the steps of the Capitol facing the Al Smith Building.

Speaking to reporters there, Wu pledged to “breathe new life” into the office of lieutenant governor.

“I can serve as a public advocate. My whole life, I’ve put the interests of the public first,” Wu said, adding that Hochul is “going to play the traditional, lackey-like position of lieutenant governor, which in my view is the waste of a constitutional position that the public needs in Albany.”

There is the chance that Wu wins his primary, but Cuomo is victorious in his, setting up a situation in which the Columbia professor is the lieutenant governor to someone who didn’t want him on the ticket.

The result would be reminiscent of Gov. Mario Cuomo’s experience with his first lieutenant governor, Al Del Bello, who was the preferred choice of New York City Mayor Ed Koch during the 1982 Democratic primary.

“I remain very confident and aspect that with the support of a raising movement Zephyr Teachout will pull off the upset of the century — it’s been a short century — but the upset of this century and beat Andrew Cuomo,” Wu said. “That will be the main story.”

And if she doesn’t win, but he does?

“I anticipate it will be a challenging relationship, but I’m prepared to stand my ground,” Wu said.