Top New York City mayoral candidates include ex-cop and trash boss
New York’s next mayor will inherit a city budget deficit of $ 3.9 billion for fiscal 2023 and a job market still below 550,000 jobs compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Eight main Democratic candidates are vying for the succession of Bill de Blasio, whose term is limited, and rule the largest city in the United States. Democrats outnumber Republicans 7% in New York, favoring the winner of their June 22 primary for the general election.
For the first time, New York City uses a system of choice by ranking when it is elected mayor. Voters will be asked to rank their top five candidates. If the best voter obtains more than 50% of the votes, he is declared the winner. Otherwise, the last candidate is eliminated and the votes are redistributed between the second choices. The process continues until a candidate wins a majority. Read more here: Ranked Choice Voting Gets New York Audition: QuickTake
In one poll published on May 26 by Fontas Advisers and Core Decision Analytics, a quarter of voters were “really undecided” when asked who they would pick as their first choice in the primary.
Here are the top eight candidates in alphabetical order:
Eric Adams, the ex-cop
Eric Adams, 60, has been president of the Brooklyn Borough since 2014. A former state senator and senior officer in the New York Police Department who spent 22 years in the NYPD Adams conducted the Fontas poll, with 18% of voters saying he would be their first choice. Adams presented himself as the candidate of the New York working class. He is committed to making the city more efficient, reducing taxes and regulations, and using his experience as a police officer to improve community-police relations.
He has been criticized for pledging to reinstate controversial policies such as plainclothes police units or plainclothes police units that have disproportionately impacted black and Latino residents, although Adams said that he would modify them. He was also accused of accepting contributions from donors who then did business with the city under deals he had influence over as Brooklyn Borough President, he claims.
Shaun Donovan, housing expert with DC Friends
Shaun Donovan, 55, is the former US housing secretary to President Barack Obama and headed the city’s housing department under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News, Bloomberg LP parent company. Although he received millions of dollars in donations from his father to support his campaign, he ranked among the worst of the eight candidates in the Fontas poll, with just 4% placing him first.
Donovan has pledged to spend $ 2 billion a year to repair social housing, create a Homebuyer Assistance Program, reallocate approximately $ 500 million from the NYPD budget to community safety measures, and create 500,000 jobs in four years.
Kathryn Garcia, 51, received a campaign boost this month following endorsements from the Daily News and the New York Times, who said she “understands best how to get New York back on its feet.” In the Fontas poll, 11% chose it as their first choice, up from 2% in March. A PIX11 /The Emerson College poll conducted on May 23-24 had Garcia leader the peloton with 21% of respondents naming it as their top choice, up from 5% in March. Its main projects include free child care for parents of children under 3 earning less than $ 70,000 per year, universal internet access and legalization of recreational marijuana.
Garcia is the former New York City sanitation commissioner and the former acting chairman of the New York City Housing Authority. She was De Blasio’s crisis manager during her tenure, tackling the distribution of millions of meals during the pandemic, as well as a lead poisoning crisis in public housing. But she was also accused of resigning from Blasio’s administration at a difficult time in the pandemic, which Garcia attributed to a protest demonstration after the mayor slashed his sanitation budget.
Raymond McGuire, the Wall Street executive
Raymond McGuire, 64, is financially supported by New York’s elite, from finance to real estate to the entertainment industry. He is the only one of the top eight candidates not to accept public matching dollars for his campaign. As of May 21, he had raised the most private funds, $ 11.7 million, but was only the top pick by 4% in the Fontas poll.
Once Black Wall Street’s top executive, McGuire co-led Citigroup Inc.’s investment bank for over a decade before running for mayor. Raised in Dayton, Ohio, he moved to New York after earning his MBA and law degree from Harvard University. He pledges to sponsor 50% of the wages of 50,000 small business workers for one year, rebuild the NYPD, and advance career opportunities for young people.
Dianne Morales, the progressive civil servant
Dianne Morales, 53, is a former public school teacher who has spent the past decade as Executive Director of Phipps Neighborhoods, an anti-poverty nonprofit in the Bronx. His campaign has recently suffered from internal strife, with its campaign manager and other staff leaving amid complaints about a toxic workplace. At least one staff member has defected to compete with Maya Wiley’s campaign.
Morales was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and her parents are from Puerto Rico. She pledged basic income relief for every household and advocated funding the police, adopting a city-wide rent moratorium, increasing funding for legal aid to immigrants and investing in green jobs.
Scott Stringer, the auditor
Scott Stringer, 61, managed to hang on despite two allegations of sexual harassment – one by a former 2001 campaign volunteer that cost him a number of important mentions and a second allegation by a woman who worked as waitress in 1992 in a restaurant of which he is co-owner. Stringer denies both allegations. The United Teachers’ Federation approved and supported Stringer in April.
Stringer was elected Comptroller of New York City in 2013. His office oversees the $ 247.2 billion public pension system, audits all agencies, reviews contracts, and issues municipal bonds. Born and raised in Washington Heights, he served as a state legislator for 13 years and was also president of the Manhattan Borough. Stringer wants to lower property taxes and invest $ 400 million in income in affordable housing. He is also campaigning to invest $ 500 million in building child care centers in neighborhoods where access is lacking.
Maya Wiley, civil rights activist
Maya Wiley, 57, is a civil rights lawyer and former MSNBC legal analyst who worked as legal advisor to de Blasio and was also its director of women-owned and minority-owned businesses. Wiley’s “New Deal New York” plans to inject $ 10 billion into the city’s economy and 100,000 jobs. Another major proposition of his campaign is an annual allowance of $ 5,000 for 100,000 unpaid family caregivers such as stay-at-home moms and single parents.
She has been criticized for her involvement in a conflict of interest scandal in Blasio’s administration, as well as for her role as head of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, an NYPD watchdog agency that critics say has become more secret during his tenure. On June 5, Wiley’s campaign won a endorsement coveted by US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Andrew Yang, the name they know
Andrew Yang, 46, is an entrepreneur and former US presidential candidate. He led in early polls, but support has plummeted as candidates label him as an outsider and question his experience. He had been criticized for never voting in the NYC municipal election, for being out of touch with ordinary residents and for overstating the impact of a nonprofit that failed to deliver the jobs he had promised .
Yang offers annual payments of $ 2,000 for the poorest New Yorkers, a scaled-down version of the universal basic income plan he campaigned on in 2020. Yang was 13% in the latest Fontas poll, down from 16% in March.