20 March, 2018
Announcing her bid on Monday, Nixon said that she presents a "strong progressive alternative" to Cuomo, who she called a "centrist and Albany insider".
In a tweet, she wrote: "I love NY, and today I'm announcing my candidacy for governor". Nixon released a video in which she signaled a challenge to business as usual in Albany and a vision of a NY that works for the many, not just the few.
"Basically, Governor Cuomo is shortchanging the children of New York State", she said while on The View a year ago.
Cynthia will challenge current Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in this year's Democratic primary.
"She has been involved in education policy for some time now, but I have just been really impressed with, one, how much she cares about this state and, second, her capacities, her questions, her curiosity and also her depth of knowledge".
The New York Times points out that if she is elected, Nixon will become the first woman and the first openly gay person to become governor of New York. She said that included "taking the leap to run for office ourselves". The governor was asked earlier in March about the possibility of Nixon challenging him. It can't just be business as usual anymore. The closed primary for both governor and lieutenant governor positions is scheduled for September 13, and the general election itself is scheduled for Election Day, November 6.
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Additionally, Nixon says that she would pass the DREAM act, "which has been blocked by Cuomo's IDC", a move she says would make NY a "true sanctuary state". He has $30.5 million in his campaign account, according to NY election records.
"New York is my home", Nixon says in the spot.
In an opinion poll conducted by Siena College before the announcement, Mr Cuomo had a lead of 66% to 19% over Nixon.
Nixon also criticizes Cuomo's dealings with the state Senate's Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a small group of breakaway Democrats who vote with Republicans, giving the GOP control of the legislature despite the fact that Democrats, on paper, hold more seats.
Nixon played Miranda Hobbes on the HBO show "Sex and the City" for six seasons, from 1998 to 2004, and in two subsequent feature films.