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On first day of early voting, over 300 women leaders release open letter urging New Yorkers to join them in ranking Stringer as first choice for mayor

Open letter: “There is no one in this race more qualified and more ready to lead this city than Scott. And the stakes couldn’t be higher. This is a critical moment for our city. New Yorkers deserve a progressive with a record of experience. New Yorkers deserve Scott Stringer as our Mayor.”


New York, NY – On the first day of early voting, over 300 women leaders, including elected officials and advocates today released an open letter urging New Yorkers to join them in ranking Scott Stringer as their first choice for mayor in the upcoming Democratic primary. 

The broad coalition of women supporters praised Stringer’s 30-year track record of fighting for everyday New Yorkers and women’s rights, his bold plans to make New York City more affordable and livable for working families, and his preparedness to lead the city’s greatest comeback, proclaiming, “no one in this race is more qualified and more ready to lead this city than Scott.”

Read the full letter here and below.

To our fellow New Yorkers,

On the debate stage last week, Scott made the case for his candidacy like this: “The other progressives on this stage aren’t experienced. And the other candidates with experience on this stage aren’t progressive. I’m the only one running for Mayor who’s both.”

At a time of unprecedented challenge, that’s what New York City needs—a leader with a record we can rely on to usher this city into a more fair, more livable, more affordable era. Scott has a 30-year track record of pushing the city forward. And throughout his life, Scott Stringer has been a champion for women and families—in the economy, in the workplace, in the home and in civic life. He is the person we trust to bring that experience into City Hall and deliver real change for New York City.

From his start in public service advocating for tenants, through his time as state Assemblyman, Manhattan Borough President and New York City Comptroller, Scott has consistently been ahead of his time and ahead of the curve. Under his leadership, New York City’s pension fund became the first in the nation to fully divest from private prison companies and committed to divesting billions from fossil fuels. He was the first New York City official to oppose fracking, and the top city official to speak out against stop-and-frisk and to call for the closure of Rikers Island. He created national initiatives to make corporate boardrooms more diverse and successfully pressured top U.S. companies to disclose their workforce demographics by race, gender and ethnicity. He has been a responsible steward of the city’s pension funds and protected the retirement security of thousands of working families. 

Scott has bold, forward-looking plans rooted in some 200 detailed policy reports across the years that are fully researched and developed in consultation with impacted communities. Scott doesn’t just have the best climate plan in the race—his would be the most ambitious climate plan ever seen in an American city. Scott’s plan for Universal Affordable Housing would finally create the low-income, permanently affordable housing we need to end our city’s housing crisis—with no wasteful tax breaks to real estate. His NYC Under 3 plan would provide high-quality child care for thousands of families and working mothers––and give our youngest children the head start they need to thrive. He will take action to keep all New Yorkers truly safe by confronting structural racism embedded in our criminal legal system and acting decisively to stem upticks in violence. And his plan for two teachers in every classroom and massively investing in our schools will get our kids’ education back on track after the learning loss and social-emotional trauma of the pandemic.  

Scott is also the only candidate who has run a large, city-wide elected office. No one has spent more time checking under the hood of city agencies or learning how to move the bureaucracy—a critical knowledge base as the city copes with the complexities of COVID. Many of us have worked for or with Scott Stringer at points during his 30 years in public service. As a boss and manager, he has hired, promoted, and centered women in every workplace he has led. Beyond the politician and the policies, as a human and a friend, he has always shown integrity and compassion, in public and in private.

Born and raised in Washington Heights, Scott is a product of New York City’s public schools. Scott’s mom was a city teacher and the first woman elected to the City Council for Washington Heights, and like so many New Yorkers, he grew up in a multiracial blended family. Today, Scott and the love of his life, Elyse, are raising their two young children in the city that has given him so much. 

There is no one in this race more qualified and more ready to lead this city than Scott. And the stakes couldn’t be higher. This is a critical moment for our city. New Yorkers deserve a progressive with a record of experience. New Yorkers deserve Scott Stringer as our Mayor.

Join us in ranking Scott #1 so he can walk into City Hall on Day One and do what he does best – deliver meaningful change for New Yorkers. 


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