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.