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Deadline passes, Cuomo does not file petitions for run for Governor

It appears former Governor Andrew Cuomo has decided against mounting an independent bid to get his old job back.

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Cuomo, who resigned last August in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, had indicated he might consider a run in 2022. However, Tuesday at 5 p.m. was the deadline for turning in nominating petitions. The State Board of Elections says Cuomo did not turn in any petitions. A board spokesperson told the Associated Press Cuomo could still get on the ballot if he mailed in petitions postmarked by the deadline and they were received by Thursday.

There has been no comment from the Cuomo camp. Cuomo refused to say whether he was running after delivering a speech on gun control last week in Brooklyn, saying he was “speaking as a New Yorker.”

Cuomo could still mount a write-in campaign in November if he so chose.

Cuomo has not been found guilty of any crime in connection with the allegations. His former Lt. Governor, Kathy Hochul, faces Congressman Tom Suozzi and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams in the June 28 Democratic primary. Republican candidates include Congressman Lee Zeldin, Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, and businessman Harry Wilson.