ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo declared Saturday he is running for governor of the state once led by his iconic father, after a coy stealth candidacy smiled upon by the White House and conducted as he burnished a national reputation as a fighter of corruption.
The Democrat announced his long-anticipated campaign online early in the day, then delivered a speech in the afternoon outside a courthouse in Manhattan named after "Boss" Tweed, a figure from New York City's most corrupt days a century ago.
"The chronic dysfunction of Albany metastasized into the corruption of Albany ... and it was a bipartisan affliction," said the 52-year-old son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo. "Albany's antics today could make Boss Tweed blush."