Report: Stephanie Miner to run for NY governor as an independent

After more than a year of speculation that she might seek higher office, former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner will run for New York governor as an independent, The New York Times reported Monday morning.

“I cannot be a silent witness to what I think is a corrupt political culture that is hurting real people every day,” Miner told the Times in an interview announcing her run.

Miner, a Democrat, had been approached in the last year to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo or run for New York’s 24th Congressional District in the Democrats’ effort to unseat Rep. John Katko.

She announced last fall that she would not run for Congress, then said she was reconsidering it after Katko voted for the Republican tax bill in December, then ultimately said in January that she would not seek the House seat but was still eyeing the executive mansion. A bid looked more likely in the beginning of April after she tweeted that she had set up a new campaign committee aimed toward a statewide office.

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