Kathryn Garcia
Mayoral candidate Kathryn Garcia speaks about homelessness outside the 30th Street Men’s Shelter in Manhattan, May 19, 2021.
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When Time magazine asked in a recent headline, “Will Kathryn Garcia be New York City’s First Woman Mayor?” the candidate tweeted in reply, “In short, yes.”

With endorsements from The New York Times and the New York Daily News, the 51-year-old former Department of Sanitation commissioner with years of public service under her belt is positioning herself as a can-do expert in making government work.

As a Department of Environmental Protection official, she made sure New Yorkers had clean water in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. More recently, she led the city’s effort to curb childhood lead poisoning and served as interim chair of the troubled New York City Housing Authority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she organized the city’s program to distribute more than 200 million meals to the needy and homebound.

While critics say the first-time candidate lacks name recognition or the campaign skills of more seasoned competitors, the Brooklyn resident  told FAQ NYC podcast, “I’m not as razzle-dazzle perhaps as some folks in the race but I actually also think that what resonates with New Yorkers right now is really about competence.”

Website: kgfornyc.com


THE CITY sent three multiple-choice surveys to every Democratic and Republican mayoral candidate on the ballot for the June 22 primary, starting in February. See how Kathryn Garcia answered below.

Read more about how we surveyed the candidates.