Since taking office, she has made responding to the fallout of the pandemic her top priority. She has also kept a packed schedule of public appearances and moved vigorously to fund-raise in hopes of raising $25 million for her campaign next year.
Indeed, the Marist Institute for Public Opinion poll found that Ms. Hochul is already enjoying the benefits of incumbency: Fifty-five percent of New Yorkers said they had a favorable view of her, while 32 percent said they had an unfavorable impression. Her favorability rating was 70 percent among Democrats and 26 percent among Republicans.
Mr. Williams, a left-wing Democrat from Brooklyn who unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor against Ms. Hochul in 2018, announced an exploratory committee for governor last month and is expected to make a decision soon.
Ms. James, another Brooklyn Democrat, is also seriously considering a run for governor. She recently embarked on a campaign-like tour of the state and has been discussing her ambitions with donors and elected officials.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be urged to run for the office of governor,” Ms. James said at the annual New Yorker Festival on Sunday evening. “But at this point in time, one, as a woman of faith, I’m still praying on it. Two, I’m still considering the options, and three, I’m considering where best I can make transformational change in the State of New York.”
When Mr. Cuomo resigned, his top aide said Mr. Cuomo had no intention of running again for governor, but he still has a daunting $18 million campaign war chest, leading to speculation that he may decide to jump in or otherwise meddle in the race. His campaign website, which does not mention his resignation, is still active and appears to be accepting donations.
In recent weeks, Mr. Cuomo’s campaign has sent emails to supporters, including one last week in which he described the report from the attorney general’s office as “politically and personally motivated.”