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Letitia James is running for governor of New York

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Letitia James is running for governor of New York

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Many New Yorkers approve of the way she has handled the transition after a decade of Mr. Cuomo’s iron-fisted rule and seem inclined to give him more time to acclimatize at work – while some Democrats would prefer that Ms. James remains Attorney General. see through existing cases, including one involving Mr. Trump and his business connections.

Ms Hochul and Ms James are unlikely to be the only nomination contestants, and there is a real possibility of the kind of messy and cluttered primary that some party leaders, wary of Democratic internal struggles, had hoped to avoid.

Two of Ms James’ Brooklyn comrades, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Jumaane D. Williams, the public attorney, are both taking steps to campaign for the governor and could be part of her coalition in New York.

Representative Thomas Suozzi, who represents Long Island and part of Queens, is also considering a race. Unlike other possible suitors, he is said to be looking to outflank Ms Hochul as a moderate option in the race as she strives to build her capacity in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Steven Bellone, the Suffolk County executive, is also considering a campaign.

But for months, whether Ms James would show up was the defining question of the fledgling primary competition, with some allies describing her as deliberative, and others increasingly eager to learn of her decision as others. aspects of the race were concentrating.

His response goes a long way to cementing the contours of the field.

Now, perhaps the biggest unknown is how Mr. Cuomo can seek to get involved in the race. The former governor, who since the last statements has continued to hold onto a large war chest, and his team have repeatedly sought to question Ms James’ integrity, attacking her in emails and letters sent to supporters of old.

“The fact that the Attorney General – as expected – is about to announce a gubernatorial candidacy is not lost on anyone,” Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said Thursday in response to the statement. complaint.

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