City Comptroller Scott Stringer, a battle-tested career politician with deep ties to Manhattan’s political establishment, officially launched his bid for mayor on Tuesday. His campaign will attempt to simultaneously appeal to New Yorkers craving a steady hand amid crisis and left-leaning Democrats demanding wholesale reform.
Stringer announced his campaign in Inwood Park, near his childhood home, surrounded by a new crop of politicians who belong to the ascendant left flank of the Democratic party.
“We never closed the book on a tale of two cities. If anything over the last eight years, we’ve written more chapters,” Stringer said in a direct criticism of de Blasio, who campaigned on a promise to do just that.
Stringer also took a thinly-veiled shot at de Blasio’s managerial record.
“That is why with a belief that we can and we must bring leadership back to City Hall and build a city for everyone, today I am announcing my candidacy for mayor of the greatest city in the world, New York,” he said.
He was flanked by state Senators Jessica Ramos, and Alessandra Biaggi and Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou — young progressive women whom he endorsed early in their races. They went on to trounce Albany incumbents in 2018 and have become stars in the Democratic Party.