Press Release: Scott Stringer Announces Candidacy for Mayor

For Immediate Release

September 8, 2020



Presents Policy Blueprint to “Bring Leadership Back to City Hall,” “Build a City for Everyone”

Coalition of Supporters Includes Leaders of New York’s Progressive Movement

“We are going to build this city back stronger than ever.” –Scott Stringer

NEW YORK – Comptroller Scott Stringer today formally announced his candidacy for mayor of New York City, offering a vision for the city’s recovery and a plan to “bring leadership back to City Hall.” Stringer was joined for the announcement at Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan, near his childhood home, by a coalition of leaders of New York’s rising progressive movement, who declared their support for his campaign and policy vision to tackle New York’s mounting challenges. Stringer is a Democrat and will run in the Democratic Primary in June 2021.

“This city is strong. Our people are strong. But they should not have to fight their way back on their own,” Stringer said in a speech making the announcement. “The measure of our success in recovering from this pandemic cannot be whether the Dow Jones continues to rise. The measure of our success must be, instead, whether we finally build a city for everyone.”

Stringer spoke at length about how his personal experiences — from growing up in Washington Heights during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, to the death of his mother, Arlene Stringer-Cuevas, from the coronavirus in April — shaped his views about what the city needs in its next mayor.

To confront what he described as “a public health crisis, an economic crisis, and a social justice crisis raging all at once,” Stringer said, “if I’m elected, we are going to build this city back stronger than ever.” He laid out a comprehensive policy blueprint for doing so, emphasizing that “we cannot reopen this economy the way we closed it.” Stringer’s blueprint includes proposals to:

  • Tackle New York City’s budget crisis with an all-levers approach, rooting out waste at city agencies, pursuing targeted revenue generators, and limiting any borrowing to ensure that the City does not enter a cycle of reliance on crushing debt.
  • Kickstart the city’s economy, with a focus on small businesses and neighborhood retail by offering cash assistance to businesses hit hard by COVID-19, supporting minority- and women-owned businesses, reimagining streets to support commercial and neighborhood vitality, and emphasizing workforce development to train New Yorkers for the jobs of the future in healthcare and life sciences.
  • Address New York City’s affordability crisis and persistent homelessness by instituting Stringer’s plan for Universal Affordable Housing (UAH), tripling the number of apartments for families experiencing homelessness across the city, and leveraging City-owned land and launching New York City’s first ever land bank to build the next generation of affordable homes.
  • Support families and care for our children with NYC Under 3, Stringer’s plan for a robust and rapid expansion of child care that would triple the number of children receiving city-backed care, allow parents — mostly women — to go back to work and boost the economy, and bridge racial and economic disparities that begin at birth.
  • Take aggressive action on climate justice by instituting a moratorium on all new fossil fuel infrastructure in the city, exploring a public takeover of our natural gas network, greening the City’s capital program, and implementing a resiliency plan that protects all 520 miles of New York City’s coastline — not just lower Manhattan.
  • Shift responsibility for non-criminal and social issues away from the police and invest resources in communities that have long been criminalized and victimized by police violence. Stringer criticized Mayor de Blasio for condoning police violence against protestors and pledged to overhaul how police officers are disciplin

In the speech, Stringer also discussed his approach to managing and governing. “As with every office I have ever held, City Hall, on my watch, will operate with the highest levels of integrity,” Stringer said. “There will be no ‘Agents of the City’ in a Stringer administration. We will recruit a diverse team of top experts and government professionals. I will ask them for their hardest work and best ideas — and let them do their jobs. We will pursue big ideas and sweat the small stuff.”

Standing with Stringer in support of his campaign were leaders from four boroughs, representing the vanguard of the city’s rising progressive movement:

  • 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)
  • Amanda Septimo, Democratic nominee for State Assembly (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, both within walking distance from the site of this morning’s announcement at Inwood Hill Park. 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.

Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx) said: “I want a Mayor who’s more than just a strong progressive. I want a competent Mayor who’s ready to run the city, with a proven record of reform, and who won’t shy away from the critical fights and hard work ahead in rebuilding our city. That’s Scott Stringer. I’m excited to endorse him and I will do everything in my power to make sure Scott is our next Mayor.”

Sen. Robert Jackson (D-Manhattan) said: “When it comes to choosing our next Mayor, one of the most important issues to me is our public schools. And no candidate has demonstrated a stronger commitment to public education than Scott Stringer. He’ll be a Mayor who’s fully engaged in the decisions, big and small, that will shape the futures of New York City’s 1.1 million school children. And as a public school parent Scott now has a personal stake too. I’m proud to stand with Scott and endorse him to be New York City’s next Mayor.”

Sen. Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan/Brooklyn) said: “When it comes to protecting tenants and promoting affordable housing, it would be hard to find a candidate for Mayor who’s been involved in the fight longer or done more for the cause than Scott Stringer. From his courageous stand against deregulation when so many others didn’t see the danger, to his forward-looking affordable housing ideas as Comptroller, Scott Stringer has been there. As Chair of the Senate Housing Committee, I’m excited to have a housing champion like Scott as Mayor — and I’m proud to endorse him.”

Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-Queens) said: “The next Mayor of the City of New York should be Scott Stringer. The next four years of recovery will require deeply rooted love for our city, accountability in governance, and bold leadership on unpopular issues. Our Comptroller has proved his skills and deserves the worthy promotion. He will value the opportunity to lead the greatest city in the world, because he knows we are all his neighbors.”

Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Brooklyn) said: “Scott Stringer has consistently fought on the side of economic and social justice, and his commitment to leading our city through any crisis is unparalleled. I know that I can trust Scott to be the people’s mayor; to prioritize our communities’ urgent needs — the needs of working families and our most vulnerable neighbors — over private interests.”

Assemblymember Robert Carroll (D-Brooklyn) said: “Scott Stringer has everything we need in our next Mayor: a progressive record and commitment to reform, the vision to build a city that works for everyone, and the experience to get us through some tough times ahead. Scott has something else that comes from being a lifelong New Yorker — a real appreciation for our neighborhoods, what gives each of them their own vibe and makes each one of them special. I’m proud to endorse Scott for Mayor.”

Assemblymember Catalina Cruz (D-Queens) said: “With a proven track record as an advocate for marginalized communities, Scott has demonstrated compassion and fervor in the fight for justice. Scott’s leadership and progressive policies are exactly what this city needs as we rebound from the pandemic. I could not be prouder to endorse my friend and colleague Scott Stringer in his race to become the next mayor of New York.”

Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (D-Manhattan) said: “I am so proud to endorse my mentor and longtime friend, Comptroller Scott Stringer for Mayor. Scott has the knowledge, experience, and drive to lead us through the difficult road to full recovery that we face ahead. Scott has always led by example in the fight for a progressive and representative New York, and has been a champion for working families, our struggling small businesses, and the essential workers who’ve risked their health to keep the city running during this pandemic. He’s been an active force in local issues like affordability in Gateway Plaza and the environmental issues at 250 Water Street. Scott was one of the first people to take a chance on my campaign when I ran in 2016, and has always been a stalwart progressive supporter of young women of color candidates and electeds. My district, which includes Chinatown and the Lower East Side has been one of the hardest hit from this pandemic, and we need Scott’s long-time commitment to affordable housing and healthcare to ensure that we can support and protect our working families. That’s why I’m proud to endorse Scott for Mayor.”

Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) said: “From his days in the New York State Assembly, when he held the seat I now occupy,  Scott Stringer has shown himself to be a bold leader, a change maker and an indefatigable voice for vulnerable people, both in Albany and in the community.  I had big shoes to fill when I succeeded Scott to represent the Upper West Side in the New York State Assembly. Scott set the standard of exemplary constituent services: no problem too great or issue too small, he fought for everyone. This is the type of service he will bring to every New Yorker and exactly what Scott Stringer will bring as Mayor of the City of New York. From his unwavering support for tenants, and his early advocacy for survivors of domestic violence, to his demand for and adherence to transparent and more accountable government, Scott has led the way. Scott Stringer is exactly who we need as our next Mayor, and I am proud to endorse him.”

Assemblymember Al Taylor (D-Manhattan) said: “We need a Mayor who’ll focus first on the affordability crisis facing everyday New Yorkers. That starts with housing and childcare and living wage jobs, especially for the hundreds of thousands now out of work and struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic. I know Scott Stringer will be that Mayor. There are other progressive candidates running, but none with his record, focus and vision. I’m excited to endorse Scott for Mayor.”

Amanda Septimo, Democratic Nominee for State Assembly (D-Bronx) said, “Scott Stringer has always been clear about the fight for true equity in New York City. He knows that communities like mine in the South Bronx have been struggling to survive, and that COVID-19 has highlighted the deadly consequences of deep inequality. Today, people in the South Bronx are fighting against systems that perpetuate poverty, glorify violence, and facilitate displacement. I am proud to endorse Scott Stringer for Mayor because we deserve a champion who will take these issues seriously. Scott has shown up time and time again over the years, and I have no doubt that he will show up for The Bronx.”