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Cuomo officially enters governor's race

Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo

By WBFO News

New York City, NY – Democrat Andrew Cuomo made it official Saturday by announcing he will run for governor of New York this year.

Cuomo, state attorney general, posted a video and statement online, promising to continue his crusade against public corruption and change the notoriously shady culture of Albany.

"New York state is upside down and backwards; high taxes and low performance," Cuomo said in the video.

"Sometimes, the corruption in Albany could even make Boss Tweed blush," he said, referring to the most corrupt administration in New York City history, from a century ago. "In my opinion, politicians of both parties, Democrats and Republicans, share the blame.

Cuomo enters the race with much higher popularity and name recognition than several Republicans seeking the GOP nomination and far ahead in fundraising.

Cuomo faces Republicans Rick Lazio, a former congressman from Long Island; Steve Levy, the Suffolk County executive, also from Long Island; and Carl Paladino, a Buffalo developer aligned with tea party activists in the party. There are no other announced Democratic contenders for the nomination.

Cuomo's father, Mario Cuomo, was governor from 1983 to 1994.

Andrew Cuomo was the secretary for housing and urban development in the Clinton White House. He dropped out of a 2002 race for governor before the primary because of a lack of political and financial support. But he returned four years later and beat a large field of Democrats in the attorney general's race to succeed Eliot Spitzer.

Cuomo says he will combat the nation's highest local property taxes and reduce government by 20 percent.