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De Blasio dodges question about plans to run for NY governor

Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted Tuesday he will “continue to serve” New York — but stopped short of officially declaring a run for governor.

Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the lame-duck mayor refused to give any meaningful answer when directly asked if he would throw his hat in the ring.

“I want to continue in public service, and there’s a lot that needs to be fixed in Albany, there’s a lot that needs to be changed in the state of New York. I think anybody who is watching the country for these last years has seen dysfunction in our state capital, seen scandal. This state has fallen behind in some ways that we really must address,” he said on the morning program.

“So I look forward to being part of the discussion of where our state needs to go in the future. I’ll tell you more about the politics, a little bit down the line, but I gotta tell you, I’m excited and I’m energized to get out there and continue to serve.”

New York mayor Bill De Blasio appeared on the show "Morning Joe" and readily dodged questions about him entering the governor race in 2022.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared on the show “Morning Joe” and dodged questions about entering the governor race in 2022.
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State Attorney General Letitia James announced that she will be entering the gubernatorial race on October 29, 2021.
State Attorney General Letitia James announced she will be entering the gubernatorial race on October 29, 2021.
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Sources told The Post Monday that de Blasio will announce a campaign to oust Gov. Kathy Hochul in next year’s Democratic primary, but it is unclear when the outgoing mayor will make an announcement.

De Blasio leaves his current post as leader of the Big Apple in January.

Speculation over his expected gubernatorial bid ramped up last week after Politico New York reported that de Blasio had finalized forms for the creation of a candidate committee with the state Board of Elections.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced her intention to run for governor for a full term on August 8, 2021.
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced her intention to run for governor for a full term on August 8, 2021.
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De Blasio also gave a roundabout response Monday when asked about the committee on NY1.

He described the committee, called “New Yorkers for a Fair Future,” as “a vehicle that I’ll be using to get the message out about things we need to do differently in New York City and New York state.”

If he entered the June race, de Blasio would face Hochul, who has said she will seek to be elected to a full term; state Attorney General Letitia James, who last week announced her campaign; and potentially Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who filed with the state Board of Elections to run.


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