For Immediate Release
September 18, 2020
JAMAAL BOWMAN ENDORSES COMPTROLLER SCOTT STRINGER FOR MAYOR
THE BRONX – Today in Co-op City, Jamaal Bowman, the Democratic nominee for Congress in New York’s 16th district, endorsed Comptroller Scott Stringer’s campaign for mayor of the City of New York. Continuing their partnership on education issues, Stringer and Bowman also addressed City Hall’s mismanagement and last-second delay of school reopenings.
Jamaal Bowman said: “Scott Stringer has the heart, mind, and temperament we need in our next Mayor, and the guts to say ‘no’ to corporate interests and stand for working people. He cares about every single community in this city, and he’s smart and savvy enough to surround himself with the right people to get the job done. As a career educator, I can tell you that Scott is passionate about educating the whole child, and his ‘NYC Under 3’ early childcare and education plan is simply brilliant. He released a thoughtful, comprehensive plan to reopen schools that prioritizes safety, focuses on social and emotional learning, and would ensure schools are both trauma-informed and culturally responsive. That’s the approach he would take at City Hall and that’s why I’m endorsing Scott Stringer for Mayor of New York City.”
Scott Stringer said: “I am thrilled to have the support of a true progressive leader who knows how to challenge the status quo. Jamaal Bowman is a trailblazer and champion for disenfranchised communities and he is on his way to Washington to shake up the system. I look forward to our continued work together to ensure all of our kids receive a safe and sound education that taps their full potential. There is no issue that’s more important—and no better partner than Jamaal to take on this cause. We’re standing shoulder-to-shoulder in this campaign to bring leadership back to City Hall.”
Bowman and Stringer criticized City Hall’s slow, late, and haphazard approach to school reopenings. While teachers, administrators and parents have sounded the alarm for months about gaps in the City’s school reopening plans, the Mayor and Chancellor have failed to consult communities and implement a coherent approach. By contrast, in early July, Comptroller Stringer released a comprehensive school reopening plan to provide quality instruction—safely—to groups of 10-12 students; institute pooled testing, aggressive contact tracing and daily temperature scans; install a full-time staff nurse at every school; identify outdoor and other well-ventilated spaces and repurpose them for class instruction; and prioritize social-emotional learning by ensuring every school has a full-time social worker and guidance counselor.
Bowman’s endorsement follows support for the Stringer campaign from prominent leaders who represent the vanguard of New York City’s ascendant progressive movement, including:
- Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx)
- Sen. Robert Jackson (D-Manhattan)
- Sen. Brian Kavanagh (D-Brooklyn & Manhattan)
- Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-Queens)
- Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Brooklyn)
- Assemblymember Robert Carroll (D-Brooklyn)
- Assemblymember Catalina Cruz (D-Queens)
- Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (D-Manhattan)
- Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan)
- Assemblymember Al Taylor (D-Manhattan)
- Democratic Assembly nominee Amanda Septimo (D-Bronx)
Scott Stringer grew up in Washington Heights in the 1970s. He attended P.S. 152 on Nagle Avenue and I.S. 52 on Academy Street. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Marble Hill and John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, a CUNY school.
Stringer was elected City Comptroller in 2013, after defeating former Governor Eliot Spitzer in a hard-fought primary. Prior to serving as Comptroller, he was Manhattan Borough President from 2006 to 2013 and represented the Upper West Side in the New York State Assembly from 1993 to 2005. He and his wife, Elyse Buxbaum, live in Manhattan with their two children, Max and Miles.
The link to the livestream of today’s event can be found here.