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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner Running Independent Campaign for Governor

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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has decided to run for New York Governor after all.  The New York Times was first to report her independent campaign on Monday.  Since last fall, Miner had said she was mulling a run for governor or Congress but hadn't made a decision. 

The ballot for governor will be full in November.  Democrat Cynthia Nixon is challening two-term incumbent Cuomo in a primary, but has also secured the Working Families Party line.  Marc Molinaro has secured the Republican nomination.  Syracuse's Howie Hawkins is running on the Green Party line, and Larry Sharpe is running as a Libertarian. 

Miner once served as the vice chair of the state Democratic Party under Cuomo.  But the two had a falling out early on, and she has since been vocal critic of his administration.

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