"Sex & The City" Actress Announces Bid for Governor of NY

The "Sex and the City" star officially announced her bid for NY governor on Monday, challenging Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking a third term this year and stands as one of the more popular governors in the US.

"Sex and the City" co-star Cynthia Nixon is setting her sights on an ambition much higher than her character's position as a high-powered attorney who graduated from Harvard.

Nixon describes herself as "a lifelong New Yorker and progressive activist who is running for governor to fight for a better, more equal New York".

In her two-minute online video, images are shown of Nixon walking the streets of NY, hanging out with her children, the wind of an approaching subway blowing her hair, boarded up buildings and a almost desolate-looking downtown of some presumably upstate community.

"New York is where I was raised and where I'm raising my kids".

"Our leaders are letting us down".

In the video, Nixon decries income inequality in a state that she says has "incredible wealth and extreme poverty" and the depressed upstate economy where she says half of all children are poor.

Nixon is a public-school mother who has championed the need for more funding for education, said Billy Easton, executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education, a labor-backed group she has worked with.

"But something has to change".

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Nixon highlighted tackling healthcare, the broken subway and an end to mass incarceration.

Her campaign received early backing from Fordham Law School professor Zephyr Teachout, who challenged Cuomo in a Democratic primary in 2014, receiving about a third of the vote.

Ms Nixon could be banking on her celebrity to overcome an incumbent with long ties to the Democratic Party establishment.

Nixon's looming candidacy has unnerved some supporters of Cuomo. Cuomo no reason to anxious about her campaign as he goes for re-election.

A Siena College poll released Monday showed Cuomo leading her 66 percent to 19 percent among registered Democrats, and by a similar margin among self-identified liberals.

With the lines between Hollywood and Washington permanently blurred, Cynthia Nixon is the latest celebrity to announce plans to run for office.

"I'm not nervous about whoever runs", he told reporters in Manhattan.

"New York is my home". Her announcement comes just a week after Joseph Percoco, a longtime adviser and friend of Cuomo, was convicted in a major corruption case that landed a political hit on Cuomo and his administration.

In January, she wrote an op-ed for CNN in which she said that "each one of us has to do whatever we can to take the government back".

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