City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who has spent more than 20 years as a politician with deep ties to Manhattan’s Democratic establishment, officially announced his bid for mayor on Tuesday, seeking to brand himself as a progressive candidate with the managerial experience to lead the city as it weathers one of the most significant crisis in recent years.
“This city deserves leadership as good as its people — as tough, as creative, and as determined,” Stringer said during a news conference in Inwood Hill Park, not far from the neighborhood where he grew up in northern Manhattan. “We can and we must bring leadership back to City Hall and build a city for everyone. I am announcing my candidacy for mayor of the great city of New York.”
On Tuesday he was backed by several supporters who touted his record and platform, including State Senators Jessica Ramos, Alessandra Biaggi and Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, progressive candidates whom Stringer endorsed during their races in 2018. The three women would go on to unseat Albany incumbents and have become rising political stars in the state’s Democratic Party.