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Andrew Giuliani during a press conference in New York City on May 18. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Republican nomination for governor of New York in 2022, according to NBC News.

Why it matters: Giuliani could face New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a general election. Cuomo is expected to run for reelection despite facing an impeachment investigation stemming from multiple sexual misconduct allegations, and a federal probe into his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in nursing homes.

Context: Giuliani has never held elected office, but served in the Trump administration as a special assistant to the president and associate director of the Office of Public Liaison.

  • The announcement comes at a troubling legal moment for his father, who was former President Trump's lawyer. Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani's Manhattan apartment last month as part of an investigation into Giuliani's dealings in Ukraine.

What to watch: Giuliani will run in the primary against Rep. Lee Zeldin, another Trump supporter and friend of the Trump family, who announced his run for governor last month.

What they're saying: “I’m a politician out of the womb. It’s in my DNA,” Andrew Giuliani, a Republican, told the New York Post in an interview Tuesday.

  • “Giuliani vs. Cuomo. Holy smokes. It’s Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier. We can sell tickets at Madison Square Garden.”

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Cuomo's honorary Emmy rescinded after sexual harassment report, resignation

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The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Tuesday rescinded the honorary Emmy it awarded former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Why it matters: The decision comes "in light of" an independent investigation that found the former governor sexually harassed multiple women and after Cuomo formally resigned from his post, the academy said.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul adds 12,000 COVID deaths not disclosed by Cuomo

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaking in Albany on Aug. 24. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul acknowledged nearly 12,000 coronavirus deaths in the state that had not been reported by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.

Why it matters: Cuomo had been criticized for his handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes early in the pandemic, and he faced allegations that his administration withheld data on coronavirus deaths in nursing homes in order to delay investigations.

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Kathy Hochul sworn in as New York's first female governor

Kathy Hochul (right) is administered the oath of office as New York State governor by Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore as her husband, Bill Hochul, holds a Bible at the state Capitol in Albany, New York, on Tuesday. Photo: Hans Pennink-Pool/Getty Images

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was sworn in as the state's 57th governor Tuesday, following former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Why it matters: Hochul, a Democrat, is the first woman to serve as governor of New York and will serve out the remainder of Cuomo's term until 2022.