The New York Times reports Stringer is the first Democrat to move toward contesting Adams’ re-election bid.
If Stringer decides to challenge Adams he will have his work cut out for him. The last time an incumbent was defeated by a challenger in a New York City mayoral race was 1989 when David Dinkins defeated Ed Koch.
Adams, the city’s second Black mayor after Dinkins, has had a rocky first term. The former NYPD officer has made several missteps concerning the migrant crisis, budget cuts to schools and libraries, and the FBI investigation into his ties with Turkey. Adams currently has a historically low approval rating of 28%.
Stringer’s announcement could lead to more challengers for Adams, who won a contested race that included Stringer, former Citi executive Ray McGuire, former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, former Bill de Blasio aide Maya Wiley, and former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.
According to Stringer, New Yorkers are facing a crisis of confidence and are concerned about City Hall’s ability to manage the budget and the migrant crisis. Stringer believes he’s an experienced alternative who plans to increase affordable housing construction island who can turn the tide of falling revenue and budget cutting.
“Let’s be blunt: Stuff ain’t getting done,” Stringer said, according to the Times, a dig at Adams’ “get stuff done” motto. “I know how to lead. I know how to manage. And I know the finances of the city like the back of my hand.”
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Source: Black Enterprise