Attorney General Andrew Cuomo will now, if and when he runs for governor, avoid a bitter primary battle with Gov. David Paterson and may avoid a Democratic primary altogether if Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy or other Democrat doesn’t challenge him.
Cuomo put out a statement this afternoon saying “I am sure this is a difficult choice and a sad day for the governor and his family. It is in the best interests of all New Yorkers that the state government function through this difficult time and address the pressing budgetary problems we face.”
As for his own timeframe on his announcement?
” This is an election year and I will announce my plans at the appropriate time. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on my job as Attorney General and the many important issues we are pursuing.?