Scott Stringer
Comptroller Scott Stringer holds a mayoral campaign press conference at Bellevue South Park, May 19, 2021.
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Stringer, a political veteran, was elected comptroller in 2013 and is set to complete his second and final term this year. In his mayoral campaign, he has boasted in forums that he is prepared to fix the finances of a city thrust into crisis by the pandemic, citing his role in managing the city’s $240 billion pension fund, the fourth largest in the United States.

He served as a state Assembly member for 13 years and as Manhattan borough president for seven. He was the frontrunner in the progressive left flank of the field until the Working Families Party and several lawmakers withdrew their endorsements following accusations by a former campaign volunteer of sexual misconduct by Stringer two decades ago (Stringer has strongly denied the allegations). He has gained some endorsements and held onto others, most notably the United Federation of Teachers.

As comptroller, Stringer, a 61-year-old Manhattan resident, led New York City’s pension funds to divest from the fossil fuel industry and the private prison industry. His 27-point proposal to fight the housing crisis and end homelessness is a centerpiece of his campaign.

Stringer’s mother died of COVID-19. He’s noted his loss and struggles as the father of two during the pandemic as part of his campaign to become the mayor who “rebuilds” the city.



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