Is AG James running for governor and if so, who would local mayor support

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Attorney General Letitia James posed while in Newburgh late last week with (l-r) State Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson, Mayor Torrance Harvey and City Councilman Anthony Grice

NEWBURGH – Amid widespread speculation that State Attorney General Tish James will seek the Democratic nomination for governor next year, challenging incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, she is keeping tightlipped about it.

While in Newburgh late last week, she made light of the speculation when Mid-Hudson News asked her about it.

“I don’t know who told you that. Where did you hear that from? Right now I am focused on Newburgh and focused o0n getting guns off the street,” she said.

Both James and Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey are African American and the mayor was undecided as to who he would support if a Democratic primary pitted James against Cuomo. But, he did say James would be a “very viable” candidate.

“And inspirational to so many, especially to women when you see what happened with the first African American woman as the first vice president of the United States of America. A lot of people are inspired by that, not only women in general, but women of color and men, too.” Harvey said.

On the Republican side of the aisle, Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin is the presumptive gubernatorial candidate.