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Cuomo to run for New York governor

Andrew Cuomo (file pic)
Image caption Mr Cuomo ran the campaign for his father, Mario Cuomo, in 1982

New York's attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, has said he is running for New York governor, a post his father once held.

Mr Cuomo, 52, has gained popularity for bringing a number of high profile corruption cases against New Yorkers.

Correspondents say he is virtually unopposed for the Democrat nomination.

Governor David Paterson bowed out of the race in February amid a scandal involving one of his aides.

"New York state is upside down and backwards - high taxes and low performance," Mr Cuomo said in a video announcing his candidature.

"The New York state government was at one time a national model. Now, unfortunately, it is a national disgrace".

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