NYC fiscal watchdog makes mayoral run official

The city’s top fiscal watchdog, Comptroller Scott Stringer, officially announced he’s running for mayor Tuesday, further solidifying what is becoming a crowded field of City Hall contenders.

Stringer — who mulled a mayoral bid in 2013, but instead ran for his current post against former Gov. Eliot Spitzer — is a veteran politician who has served as Manhattan borough president and as a state assemblyman.

During the last 6½ years, Stringer, 60, has acted as a consistent thorn in Mayor de Blasio’s side, most notably through probes of the city’s handling of lead in public housing, the Administration for Children’s Services and homeless shelters.

“If I’m elected, we’re going to build this city back stronger than ever. That is my promise,” Stringer said. “Bringing leadership back to City Hall means that we cannot reopen the economy the same way we closed it.”

He announced his run Tuesday morning in Inwood, not far from where he grew up on Bogardus Place in Washington Heights.

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