Deadline Passes. Cuomo had until yesterday to file petitions to get on the ballot as an independent. He would have to have presented 45,000 valid signatures to the Board of Elections. He evidently decided to sit out the race. His inaction comes as a surprise to observers. He had been cagey about his intentions. Back in March he commented that he was keeping his options open. Had he run he likely would have siphoned Democratic votes from Hochul. That would have paved the way for Republican victory in November. It is perplexing as he has spent Millions of Dollars from his dwindling campaign war chest in an effort to rehabilitate his public image. We have come to expect the unexpected from the disgraced pol. Deadline Passes. Hochul and the Democratic leadership can breathe a sigh of relief that they will not have to deal with him this year !!