Scott Stringer announces bid for Mayor on ‘closing the book on tale of two cities’

Announcing his bid for mayor in 2021, current city Comptroller Scott Stringer talked ambitious goals that place investment in communities to end gentrification and expressed a sense of “urgency” considering the ongoing hardships facing New Yorkers from COVID-19.

Stringer plans to campaign on holding NYPD accountable in cases of abuse of power or excessive use of force, but hopes to strike a balance by still supporting cops where needed.

“The virus exposed how we left large swaths of this city on their own. The fact is, 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. “None of this is at odds with keeping our neighborhoods safe. When I was kid there was something like 2,000 murders a year in this city and I promise New Yorkers this, we’re not going back to those days.”

The Tuesday announcement at the edge of Inwood Hills Park, Stringers home neighborhood, was attended by a number of progressive allies such as assemblywomen Catalina Cruz, Robert Carroll and Yuh-Line Niou as well as state senators Jessica Ramos, Alessandra Biaggi and Julia Salazar.

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