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Transcript: Stringer responds to Yang, Adams fundraising at press conference announcing ethics reform plan

Stringer: “In the last 24 hours, Andrew Yang has received one million dollars from two billionaires who are determined to buy access at City Hall. They want to protect the interests of the wealthy and to privatize public education… It’s clear that they want to stop me and our progressive agenda.”

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New York, NY – At a press conference today announcing his ethics reform plan, Comptroller and mayoral candidate Scott Stringer addressed Andrew Yang and Eric Adams’ fundraising practices:

“In the last 24 hours, Andrew Yang has received one million dollars from two billionaires who are determined to buy access at City Hall. They want to protect the interests of the wealthy and to privatize public education. Two billionaires, one million dollars.

“It’s clear that they want to stop me and our progressive agenda — and that’s why they didn’t just pick one mayor, but one of them picked two. They want all bets at the table, because they have to stop me.

“One of them is Kenneth Griffin. He bought the most expensive apartment in New York in a building that is the poster child for abuse of the 421a program, which I said will end when I’m mayor.

“This guy, who abused the public trust, who has the wealthiest apartment, has the nerve to give Andrew Yang $500,000 — and I think Andrew Yang talked today about ethics? And his solution to ethics is that 16-year-olds should be able to vote? Give me a break! What is happening?

“They don’t want me, because pay-to-play is going to be over.

“Now let’s talk about the other guy, who you all know: the infamous Dan Loeb. He’s so intent on privatizing education — he’s given a half a million dollars each to two Super PACs supporting two different candidates. So if he was in Atlantic City at a roulette table, he’s covering his bets. Because he doesn’t want me to win.

“This is who owns Andrew Yang. And I have to tell you: when you look at Andrew Yang attack Eric Adams with his own ethical lapses, the two of them back and forth, this makes our election a mockery. But all of you know that this election is not going to be decided by Dan Loeb or Kenneth Griffin — though I would like to see his apartment.

“It’s not going to be decided by those two characters. This election is going to be decided by the people. And everybody knows that I have been in this position before. I’ve been behind, as I was eight years ago against Eliot Spitzer, 20 points. And I’ve been behind in this election. But New Yorkers like the comeback, and this comeback is having more meaning when we see the special interests currying favor to try to buy the next mayor.

“I have thousands of contributions, the broadest coalition — and yes, we’re going to have a progressive mayor who knows how to govern this city. Plain and simple.”

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