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Mark Ruffalo, an actor who has performed in both independent films and high-grossing blockbusters, endorsed Zephyr Teachout and Timothy Wu for governor and lieutenant governor of New York state Wednesday.

The two candidates, both law professors in New York City, are facing Democratic incumbent Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul in a September 9 primary.

Mr. Ruffalo, who starred as the Hulk in the 2012 movie The Avengers, is a long-time opponent of the extraction of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing and a proponent of renewable energy and renewable energy jobs. He is expected to appear, along with members of the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, with Ms. Teachout and Mr. Wu on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse in Manhattan at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Ms. Teachout, a professor at Fordham Law School specializing in public corruption, sat for a phone interview with the Times on Tuesday and outlined her stances on the NY Secure Ammunitions and Firearms Act, the disbanding of the Moreland Commission, the upstate economy and legalizing marijuana.

According to a news release about the endorsement, Ms. Teachout, Mr. Wu and Mr. Ruffalo are expected to discuss what they saw at a fracking site in Pennsylvania last week during a “Whistleblower Tour” of New York.

The tour made no stops in the north country, though Ms. Teachout told the Times that she planned to visit the region “within a week after winning on September 9th.”

— DPF

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