Letitia James has jumped into the 2022 gubernatorial race not just with a lot of attention over the fact she’s willing to challenge Gov. Kathy Hochul for her office, but with a number of endorsements as well.
The state attorney general already has the backing from two incoming borough presidents — Vanessa Gibson in the Bronx and Mark Levine in Manhattan — as well as Assemblywomen Nathalia Fernandez and Alicia Hyndman, and state Sens. Jessica Ramos and Kevin Parker.
James is considered an early frontrunner for the office since her investigation of alleged sexual misconduct pushed Andrew Cuomo to resign earlier this year. James, however, is running on a much broader record as attorney general, including her many battles against the Trump administration and what she described as her efforts to create more transparency at what was happening in nursing homes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
James is one of a number of potential downstate candidates expected to challenge Hochul next year. Both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams are said to both be seeking the office.
Williams succeeded James as public advocate after she won an election to take over the statewide office after the resignation of Eric Schneiderman.
Nivardo Lopez is leaving his role as the Bronx borough commissioner for the city’s transportation department to join Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration in Albany as the state’s deputy secretary for transportation.
Lopez served as DOT’s borough commissioner for five years, starting his political career working for Councilman James Vacca, before rising up through the Michael Bloomberg administration.