Fresh off his reelection victory to be New York City’s Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams is jumping into the crowded Democratic race for governor. Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to flirt with a possible candidacy, launching a new statewide education plan. NY1’s Zack Fink, Juan Manuel Benítez and Courtney Gross explain why many are interpreting this move as the unofficial launch of de Blasio’s gubernatorial campaign. They also discuss what Williams’s announcement means for the other two Democratic candidates in the race: Gov. Kathy Hochul and state Attorney General Letitia James.
And now that Democrat Justin Brannan has retained his Brooklyn City Council seat, they also weigh in on the state of the race for City Council speaker and the role Mayor-elect Eric Adams is likely to play in the decision.