Bill de Blasio Makes Decision on NY Governor’s Race

By The office of Public Advocate for the City of New York, via Wikimedia Commons

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has officially announced he will not run to become the state’s next governor. After hinting at launching a gubernatorial campaign the New York Democrat ultimately decided to bow out according to a video posted to his Twitter.

The Hill reports:

“No, I am not going to be running for governor in New York State, but I am going to devote every fiber of my being to fight inequality in the state of New York,” he said. “We’ve got a lot to do together. I’m gonna share some more news with you in the days ahead. And let’s keep this fight going because we proved change can happen in New York.”

De Blasio’s announcement solidifies the likely top tier in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Hochul, who took office last year after former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) resigned, is running for a full term. New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Rep. Thomas Suozzi, who represents a district on Long Island, are among her most prominent competitors.

State Attorney General Letitia James was considered to be one of Hochul’s strongest challengers but suspended her campaign in December after just over a month in the race.

It’s not clear how successful of a candidate de Blasio would have been after leaving office in 2021 with low approval ratings.

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