Larry Schwartz, the former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo who departed his office earlier this year, expects the two-term Democratic incumbent will run for a third term.
The expectation comes after Cuomo’s 2014 re-election campaign account was re-named Cuomo 2018, according to a filing with the state Board of Elections.
In a statement sent to Capital Tonight, Schwartz credited Cuomo with helping turnaround the state’s economy following the conclusion of the recession and housing crisis.
“The Governor has worked tirelessly to move New York forward and is very optimistic that the economic transformation that has already started in this state will grow exponentially in the coming years,” Schwartz said. “I have known him for three decades and I would bet anything that he runs again.”
Schwartz left the Cuomo administration in January, though continued on to take accrued vacation time and help with the transition through March. He was recently hired by OTG, an airport concession firm.