The deadline for the return of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has passed

Don’t call it a comeback.

The deadline for the disgraced ex-governor. Andrew Cuomo to bid for his old job has officially passed.

After refusing in April to file petition signatures to participate in the June 28 Democratic gubernatorial primary, Cuomo did not submit the required signatures to run as an independent in the general election.

The deadline to challenge Gov. Kathy Hochul, his former second-in-command, was 5 p.m. Tuesday.

“Andrew is not leading this election cycle. He was only running to win,” a longtime Cuomo confidant told The Post on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s not the cycle for him to run.”

If he wanted to be on the ballot when voters head to the polls for the Nov. 8 contest, Cuomo would have had to file 45,000 petition signatures with the state Board of Elections. His campaign was reportedly required to provide 500 names of registered voters from at least half of the state’s 26 congressional districts.

But they can arrive anytime before 5 p.m. on Thursday if the documents are delivered by post and postmarked on Tuesday.

A representative for Cuomo did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Tuesday was the deadline for former Governor Andrew Cuomo to attempt a political comeback.
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The death comes as Cuomo – who had a campaign war chest of $16.4 million in January – had recently taken steps for a resurgence.

In March, Cuomo spoke at a Brooklyn church – his first public appearance since resigning in August under threat of impeachment – ​​where he complained about “political sharks” in Albany and the “cancellation of the culture”.

Less than two weeks after reappearing after months in the limelight, Cuomo told reporters in the Bronx that he was “open to all options” when asked to fight for his old position – including challenging Hochul in a Democratic primary and campaigning. without the voting line of either of the two main political parties.

Kathy Hochul seated next to Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado
Had he run, Cuomo would have rivaled his own former No. 2, incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul.
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The former chief executive also ran two separate campaign-style TV ads, had lunch with an influential former labor leader as he pondered a comeback bid, and twice dined in Midtown with Mayor Eric Adams.

Since March, Cuomo had not definitively revealed whether he planned to launch a rebound bid.

When asked Sunday if he would seek elected office again, Cuomo dodged the question.

“Today is not about politics; today it’s about focusing on that issue,” he told a group of reporters after addressing a church congregation in Brooklyn about gun violence in the aftermath. mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York.

Sources in the 64-year-old circle of Democrats told the Post in recent days that the former governor was not seeking his old job through an independent effort for fear of losing the race and playing the spoiler by taking Hochul’s support. – increasing the odds that a Republican will move into the Albany executive mansion in 2023.

A recently released poll confirms this belief.

According to an Emerson College/The Hill poll released May 4, with the former governor as an independent option in a hypothetical three-way contest, 33% of voters would support the Democratic nominee, 33% would vote for the Republican and 16% would support Cuomo.

Along with the potential for a long-running Cuomo campaign to help elect a Republican governor, polls show there’s little appetite in New York for him to return to elected office.

A survey released in March showed that two-thirds of voters – and 54% of Democrats – said he should not run for governor again.

In this survey, 60% of all registered voters have an unfavorable opinion of Cuomo, while only 32% have a favorable opinion of the scandal-scarred former police officer – a similar endorsement he received in a poll published in October, despite recent efforts to rehabilitate his public image.

Andrew Cuomo outside in front of the cameras
A majority of New Yorkers polled said Cuomo should not run for governor of New York again.
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Additionally, a Siena College poll released in February showed that 58% of New York voters believed Cuomo had sexually harassed multiple women, while only 21% of those polled thought he was innocent.

Veteran Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf told The Post on Tuesday that it’s “not surprising” that Cuomo is staying out of the November election.

“It’s too much [soon] of his resignation,” he explained. “The public isn’t ready to let him do that, and running against a woman after allegations of sexual harassment doesn’t sit well with women.”

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