Petition Deadline Has Passed. Cuomo failed to file the requisite 15,000 signatures yesterday. He will not be competing in the June Democratic primary. Incumbent Kathy Hochul can breathe a sigh of relief that he will not challenge her for the party nod. He can still potentially file to run as an independent by late May. In all likelihood he would play the role of SPOILER. He and Hochul would split the Democratic vote, paving the way for Republican Lee Zeldin to win. The whole unseemly mess is vintage Cuomo. He left office last summer in disgrace. Facing certain impeachment, he resigned rather than being forced out. Petition Deadline Has Passed. It remains to be seen whether he persists in a COMEBACK bid !!