Actor Cynthia Nixon laying groundwork in run for governor

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Asked Wednesday in a conference call with reporters if he thought the mayor, a Democratic rival, was playing a role in Nixon's potential bid, Cuomo remarked: "I think it was probably either the mayor of NY or Vladimir Putin ..."

It was reported Tuesday that the Nixon has been talking to two of de Blasio's former campaign aides, Rebecca Katz and Bill Hyers, about challenging Cuomo in a Democratic primary later this year.

Nixon is known for her activism in the education sector, but The Times reports that she has also been brushing up on transportation and other policy issues. "We will continue to explore it".

"If and when such a decision is made, Cynthia will be sure to make her plans public", her publicist told The Times.

Ms. Nixon's celebrity would represent a unique challenge for Mr. Cuomo because of her ability to garner media interest.

But a spokeswoman would only say Nixon, who has been active in NY politics for years, continues to explore the possibility.

Actress Cynthia Nixon speaks during the "People's State of the Union" event on January 29.

She also said during a 2017 Today interview that, "there are a lot of people who would like me to run".

The actress said in a backstage interview after her performance in the one-woman play, "In the Body of the World", that she'd consider running for governor one day. "Otherwise you won't last long".

Nixon, 51, is close with de Blasio and his wife. However, when asked about this possible challenge and the involvement of former de Blasio operatives, the two-terms incumbent governor responded with a laugh, "In this business, you can't let these things bother you".

Ms. Nixon, a spokeswoman for the union-backed Alliance for Quality Education for years, joined Twitter in December and has quickly amassed 25,000 followers while sending only 41 tweets, majority about politics.

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is contemplating a primary challenge to the Democratic governor, while former Hudson Valley Sen. Terry Gipson has already launched his campaign. He won 62 percent of the vote against Zephyr's 34 percent of vote.

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