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NYS Comptroller DiNapoli Tells WAMC He Plans To Seek Re-election In 2022

File: NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in Plattsburgh
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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

Despite being considered a potential 2022 gubernatorial candidate, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli tells WAMC he plans to run for reelection next year. The Democrat in office since 2007 spoke with Alan Chartock on The Capitol Connection Tuesday.

“My passion is for government and serving,” DiNapoli said. “And that’s why it’s been a privilege for me – 20 years in the state legislature, now 15 years as state comptroller. So my first goal Alan is in 2022 to be on the ballot again.”

“You mean as comptroller?” Chartock asked.

“As comptroller,” DiNapoli answered. “Because I’m young enough and healthy enough to still serve.”

DiNapoli and Attorney General Tish James are among the Democrats seen as potential candidates with three-term Governor Andrew Cuomo facing sexual harassment allegations and investigations over his handling of COVID-19 and a pandemic memoir.  

“There’s a lot of turbulence right now in terms of state politics,” DiNapoli said. “So we’ll see what’s going to happen next year. My plan, as I’ve said many times on your show, and as I’ve been focused is to run for again for state comptroller.”

Cuomo’s office has labeled calls for the governor to resign from other state officials like DiNapoli politically-motivated. Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin has been named the presumptive GOP nominee for governor by party leadership.

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