ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A former top official in the New York Democratic Party is kicking off an independent run for governor.

Stephanie Miner, who's the ex-mayor of Syracuse, made her announcement in an interview with The New York Times . Miner tweeted Monday morning that she's running as "a citizen of New York."

Polls show Gov. Andrew Cuomo with comfortable leads over actress Cynthia Nixon heading into the Democratic primary, and Republican Dutchess County executive Marcus J. Molinaro in a general election matchup.

The Times reports Monday that the governor may now face a four-way race in November. Nixon has already won the nomination of the Working Families Party, meaning she could stay on the ballot in the general election.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com