Cynthia Nixon announces candidacy for Governor of NY

Toby Graves
March 20, 2018

But Teachout, who had been talking to Nixon about a run for months, said that any Cuomo attempts to portray her as less than serious would fall flat. "How did we let this happen?" said Nixon, who starred in the TV show "Sex and the City".

"We are now the most unequal state in the entire country", Nixon says in the ad, "with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty". Half the kids in upstate cities live below the poverty line.

At one point, there is footage of her walking down an NYC street with her voice-over: "I love NY".

For those of us who value equal rights for all, or economic and racial justice, or want to combat climate change, we've taken huge steps backwards.

Nixon's looming candidacy has unnerved some supporters of Cuomo.

Incumbent Cuomo is "overwhelmingly favored " over Nixon by Democrats, according to a Siena College poll. In a campaign video, the public education advocate said, "We want our government to work again".

Ms Nixon is aligned with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who is politically to the left of Mr Cuomo.

In response to Nixon's launch, Cuomo's campaign issued a statement saying it is "great that we live in a democracy where anyone can run for office".

The 51-year-old actress was among the many stars who helped host the "People's State of the Union", a public rally meant to counter President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address in January. It emphasizes her life as a New Yorker, showing her walking the streets and taking the subway. Nixon feels that, among other things, Cuomo has failed to improve New York City's mass transit system and push through progressive legislation.

"I'm not nervous about whoever runs", he told reporters in Manhattan.

Her announcement video ends with her on the train as the announcer says "Next stop, Albany". Two strategists with ties to de Blasio have joined Nixon's campaign, and Nixon's wife recently left her job as an education adviser in the mayor's administration.

Nixon enters a Democratic field that also includes Cuomo and former state senator Terry Gipson, of Rhinebeck, N.Y.

Republican leaders, meanwhile, have been coalescing behind Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro as a candidate, with state Sen.

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