Experts say it is almost certain Cuomo would not challenge Clinton for the presidency in 2016. She would sap Cuomo’s base of support in New York, and Cuomo views Bill Clinton — who gave him his start in politics with an appointment as secretary of Housing and Urban Development — as a mentor.

But if Clinton does not run, Cuomo’s legislative record, as well his perch over the media and financial capital of the country, could make him a strong contender for the nomination.

“He’s been interested in running for president for years,” said Richard Brodsky, a former 14-term Democratic New York state legislator. “He has, I think grudgingly, come to the conclusion that Hillary is an insuperable obstacle if she runs.”

Cuomo is expected to easily win another term as governor this year, and has signaled interest in using the position as a springboard to the White House.

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