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Cuomo primary challenger predicts she'll have 45,000 petition signatures by Thursday deadline

Karen Dewitt
Zephyr Teachout and Timothy Wu announce their intent run a primary race against incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (file photo)

Zephyr Teachout, the Democratic primary challenger to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, expects to file more than 40,000 signatures late Thursday to obtain a place on the ballot for the September primary voting.

Teachout, a Fordham Law School professor, says she’ll file her petitions in the final hours before the deadline, at around nine Thursday evening.

“We have over 40,000 signatures of registered Democrats, and we expect to have 45,000 signatures,” Teachout said.

15,000 signatures are needed, but Teachout wanted more because she expects the Cuomo campaign to challenge the validity of the signatures in court. She says she’s pleased with the support she’s received so far.

“There’s so much grassroots support in the state from so many people who supported Cuomo, but then have been disappointed with the governor over the last four years,” Teachout said.  

She says she hopes to run a campaign on the issue of more support for public schools and infrastructure, and reducing income disparities. 

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.