'We Need New Leadership': Stringer Says His Economic Knowledge Can Help NYC Heal

Steve Scott
September 09, 2020 - 6:06 pm
Scott Stringer for Mayor

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City Comptroller told WCBS 880 on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic pushed him to announce his bid for mayor. 

Stringer officially entered the mayoral race on Tuesday, saying he would help rebuild the city’s economy following the coronavirus pandemic. 

In an interview with WCBS 880 anchor Steve Scott, he reiterated that the city is struggling financially, and he wants to help.

“These are extraordinary times and we need to bring our city back to life. We have to reimagine our economy, it’s going to take vision and leadership and decisiveness from the next mayor,” Stringer said. “I want to bring my financial experience as comptroller, and my lifelong New Yorker experience growing up in this town – seeing the good and the challenges and the hopes of so many people in this city. So I run for mayor because I want to be the leader that we need at this moment in time.”

Stringer says he wants to invest in education and affordable housing especially, but notes things need to change in City Hall.

“We need new leadership. We cannot continue to invest in the status quo,” he said.

He says, as the City Comptroller, he has seen New York City’s financial struggles and has created a plan to lead the city out of the current crisis. 

“First and foremost, we gotta balance the budgets that are coming our way, and we need a multifaceted approach. We need to use all the tools that we have and, as the city's chief fiscal officer, we have got to root out the waste that permeates city government. I know how to do that,” Stringer tells WCBS 880. “I know where the waste is because I audit and challenge City Hall and that's what I've done for the last seven years.”

The city comptroller says, as mayor, he will prioritize helping small businesses come back to life and make sure schools are the safest place in the community.

“We've got to make sure that all the children are educated in a way that gives them the hopes that they want for the future,” he said.

He adds: “To do that, we do need to rethink how our government works to make it more efficient to make it more successful, and we cannot keep throwing money at a problem without measuring the results. That has been the legacy of this mayor. I believe it's time for fundamental change.”

Stringer says the only thing he and Mayor Bill de Blasio seem to agree on is that the city will bounce back from this current crisis, but he says the way to do it is not by slashing city employees and shutting small businesses. 

Stringer says he wants billionaires and the wealthiest residents on New York City to contribute more to this city’s recovery.

“We're going to have to go to those billionaires and say, ‘Hey you got to put more money on the table because everyone has to be a hero, everyone has to show up and help New York,’” Stringer said. “But in order to convince people to buy into this, we need a mayor who really is decisive and who has an economic plan and one-size doesn't fit all.”

When asked what he thinks makes him stand out from the crowd, Stringer noted that he is a native New Yorker who grew up in the city during some of it’s most challenging times. He also is a veteran politician who has served as Manhattan Borough President and an Assembly Member for the Upper West Side. 

“I think I bring an experience and a vision that is unmatched by anyone in this race. I think we're going to see some great candidates running – I respect them all and I think part of what New York City is about is a robust issue-oriented mayor's race. Many people have seen it all but, I think this is going to be one of the more important races because it's going to define the agenda for the city going forward,” Stringer said. 

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