State Attorney General Letitia James officially launched her bid for governor Friday.
James, whose investigative report found that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed or mistreated 11 women and forced him from office, will challenge Gov. Kathy Hochul and possibly city Public Advocate Jumaane Williams in what is expected to be a fierce Democratic primary.
The attorney general also released a damning report in January that found the Cuomo administration had vastly undercounted the number of nursing home residents who died from the coronavirus.
“As I’ve traveled all around New York state, I have witnessed too many working families struggling to make ends meet, and it’s clear that the status quo just won’t do,” James said in a statement.
“New Yorkers need a governor who isn’t afraid to stand up to powerful interests on behalf of the vulnerable. Throughout my career, I’ve taken on big forces and New Yorkers know I will never back down when it comes to fighting for them. Today, I am proud to announce my candidacy for governor of New York so we can bring transformational change that uplifts all New Yorkers.”
James, 63, previously served as New York City Public Advocate and a Brooklyn Council member.
“I’ve spent my career guided by a simple principle: stand up to the powerful to be a voice for the vulnerable to be a force for change,” James says in her campaign video.