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Cuomo says he’ll run for fourth term as NY governor

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Tuesday he intends to run for a fourth term in 2022. 

“I plan to run for a fourth term,” he said on WAMC radio

{mosads}“I believe I am making a difference in the State of New York. I believe that in my heart. When I look at my daughters’ faces, I believe that I’m leaving this state better for them.” 

Cuomo, a frequent critic of President Trump, casted his tenure as governor as a bulwark against the Trump administration. 

“I believe this state is doing great things at a time when a nation is floundering. I believe that. I believe we have the opportunity to set a standard for progressivity and normalcy. I know this job. I work seven days a week at it, and I think we have accomplishments,” he said.

Should he be reelected, Cuomo would be only the second governor in New York history to win a fourth, four-year term. His father, the late Gov. Mario Cuomo, served three terms and lost his bid for a fourth. New York has no gubernatorial term limits.

Cuomo, who won his third term last year, had to fight off a challenge from progressive activist and actress Cynthia Nixon. Though Cuomo ultimately prevailed by more than 30 points, the primary battle revealed underlying dissatisfaction with the party’s left flank. 

“I believe I’m doing good things. I believe I know how to do this, and it gives me a personal sense of satisfaction to believe that at the end of the day, with all the nastiness in the world and all the politics in the world and the critics and the naysayers and the negativity, I know what I got done, and we have a lot going on now, and I would like to do it for as long as the people of the state of New York think I am a positive,” Cuomo said Tuesday.

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