NEW YORK — After dropping hints for days and huddling with powerful political consultants, actress Cynthia Nixon announced Monday that she will run for governor, all but guaranteeing a spirited election season for New Yorkers.
The former “Sex and the City” star began her campaign in cinematic fashion — posting a video showing Nixon dropping her child off at school and riding the subway, all with a link to a donation page. Nixon emphasized her lifelong ties to New York and her involvement with the public school system.
“I love New York. I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else, but something has to change,” she said. “We want our government to work again on health care, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us.”
In recent days, Nixon had appeared to be seriously testing the waters of a potential run, prompting a war of words between the state’s two biggest political leaders — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — and a symbolic show of force by the governor.