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Stephanie Miner to run for NY governor as independent

 
Updated Jun 18Posted Jun 18
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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner votes at the Nottingham High School polling station in November 2016. 
She plans to launch an independent bid for governor.(Ellen M. Blalock | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner plans to launch an independent campaign for governor in a bid to upset Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November, the New York Times reported today.
"I cannot be a silent witness to what I think is a corrupt political culture that is hurting real people every day," Miner told the Times in an interview.
Miner served eight years as Syracuse's mayor, and could not run again in November 2017 because she was term-limited. Since then, she has considered running for Congress twice, challenging Cuomo in a Democratic primary and running for governor on the Working Families Party Line.
She began considering an independent run for governor last month after Democrat Cynthia Nixon decided to challenge Cuomo in a primary. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has the Republican nomination for November.
Miner's entry into the race sets up a potential six-way race for governor. Nixon has already secured the Working Families Party line for the general election. Syracuse's Howie Hawkins has the Green Party line and Larry Sharpe will appear on the Libertarian ballot line.
Molinaro, aware that Miner could draw Democratic and independent votes from Cuomo, applauded her entry into the race.
 
"Mayor Stephanie Miner has been an outspoken critic of Andrew Cuomo's reckless administration of this state, and I welcome her into the governor's race," Molinaro said today. "As yet another criminal corruption trial involving the Cuomo Administration kicks off in federal court today, it comes as little surprise that this is now a four-way contest."
Miner told Syracuse.com in March that she wasn't concerned about the crowded field of candidates: "I think the more voices that are heard, the better off it is," she said.
The former mayor served as vice chairman of the state Democratic Party in Cuomo's first term as governor, but the two had a falling out over the issue of state aid to Syracuse. Miner stepped down from her leadership post.
She told the Times that her candidacy for governor will serve as a "rebuke of Andrew Cuomo's policies and a rebuke of where we are as a state." 
Miner told the Times she will run as the first candidate for a new independent political group, the Serve America Movement, formed by people unhappy with the existing structure of political parties.
 

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