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Cuomo considered candidate under NYS Election Law, despite no formal run announcement

Former New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo hasn’t made any announcements concerning a potential run, but as far as state Election Law is concerned, he is considered a candidate for office.

“Although former Gov. Cuomo has not announced any explicit plan to run for a specific public office, his conduct fits the definition of candidate set forth in Election Law,” wrote New York’s Board of Elections Chief Enforcement Counsel Michael L. Johnson in a finding released this week concerning complaints by good government groups, according to Albany Times-Union.

The complaint concerns Cuomo’s use of campaign funds after his resignation in August 2021.


In recent weeks, Cuomo has launched a public relations campaign in hopes of repairing his reputation. Last year, NYS Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into accusations brought forward by 11 women claiming Cuomo sexually harassed them were found to be credible. James declined to pursue criminal charges.

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