The crowd of politicians running for mayor of New York City has finally reached a saturation point.
More than 30 people are still in the field, making it difficult for a clear front-runner to emerge – and impossible for a second or third-tier candidate nearby.
With four months before 22 June, a long-rumored candidate has decided not to join the scandal. But there’s nothing to worry about: there are still plenty of ideas about everything from police funding to bagels.
Christine Quinn will not enter the race
Christine c. Quinn, a former city council president who was a favorite in the 2013 Democratic mayor primary, is doing almost the unthinkable: She The mayor – or is opposing the urge to run for any elective office this year.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a while and it wasn’t an easy decision,” said Ms. Quinn, whose bid in 2013 was partially derailed by an anti-horse car Super PAC, catching Bill de Blasio Paved the way for a democratic primary and mayor.
Since then, Ms. Quinn has run a homeless services organization for families with children. If she had run for mayor, she would have made this campaign a central issue.
“Jesus in the Bible said that the poor will always be among us, but this crisis is in us now – more homeless children in shelters than seats in Madison Square Garden – that are resolvable,” she said. “It is not just anyone who has demonstrated political will.”
Ms. Quinn’s deliberations lasted for months – she was interviewing potential employees and formed a commission, according to a friend who was not authorized to speak publicly. But in the end, she recognized that a homeless-centered platform would be unlikely to carry the day into the city consumed by the epidemic, Friend said.
Still, Ms. Quinn does not plan to fade in the background.
“I really believe that I can influence change more by being outside and having a fork in everyone’s favor,” she said.
Have you got the vaccine? Scott Stringer has it.
With the limited dose of vaccine available, some elected officials have made it a point to take the vaccine publicly to keep it safe. Others want to wait for the system to appear impartial.
Mr. De Blasio, 59, has decided not to take the vaccine yet. His wife, 66-year-old Chirlane McRae, received it this month as she meets the state’s age requirements for people 65 and older.
Scott M. Stringer, 60, Lost her mother in coronavirus In April and wanted to be vaccinated as soon as possible. On Friday, the city’s comptroller, Mr. Stringer, became the first major mayoral candidate to receive the vaccine, receiving it at the Aqueduct racetrack in Queens.
Mr. Stringer, 60, has high blood pressure, or hypertension – a condition that makes the New Yorker eligible for a vaccine under new rules.
In an interview, he said, “I always said that I would get the vaccine when I qualified.” “It was not a difficult decision for me.”
Many New Yorkers have struggled to get a vaccine appointment. Mr Stringer used the state website and one morning was “very refreshing with a friend”.
Many candidates said they had not received the vaccine and waited until more New Yorkers were shot. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said he was investigating with his physician whether he was eligible under the new guidelines.
Be careful while picking your favorite bagel
Under normal circumstances, food losses lead to New York political power. Officers are scrutinized over a slice of pizza, pressure to eat – and eat and eat – in the city’s diverse neighborhoods.
And then there is a divisive category of all its: bagel preferences.
Forward published a TikTok video from the account BrooklynBuggleblog ranked the candidates after a poll revealed the candidates’ choices of eight (four favorites everything with Lux).
“The candidate with the best order goes to Catherine Garcia,” the narrator announced, favoring her choice of bagel, an open-faced everything with a slice of cream cheese, tomatoes, capers, loxes and onions. “You can see that he has a vision for this bagel and I believe he has a vision for the city.”
Bagel’s preferences were born again on Thursday on a mayoral forum hosted by New York’s Jewish Agenda, when candidates were asked about their order at a New York Jewish dinner, an institution where rye bread, not bagels, is often the choice. Is starch.
Nevertheless, Raymond J. McGuire, Diane Morales, Andrew Yang and Lore Sutton opted to share their bagel preferences. Mr. Stringer, who is Jewish and who has a political power base on the West Side – home to several well-known appetizer stores – said he would opt for matzo ball soup and pastrami over rye.
“You don’t order a bagel on Katz!” Mr. Stringer later tweeted.
(On the second panel, Ms. Garcia, Sean Donovan, and now-Vegan Mr. Adams refer to pastrami; Carlos Menchaca mentions a bagel, before saying that he looked at the characters in moderation.)
Bill de Blasio surprises his successor
Most of the leading candidates have stated that they do not want the support of Mr. de Blasio, but that has not stopped them from weighing in their successors the qualities they want to see.
In a meeting in Gracie Mention with union leaders as told by Politico New York, the mayor expressed enthusiasm for Mr. Adams’ life story and questioned the question of whether former presidential candidate Mr. Yang had registered in the early elections .
At a news conference last week, Mr. de Blasio confirmed the meeting, stating that the participants were not talking about “one candidate or the other” but “the working people of New York City and the future of New York City”.
The Mayor said, “We know that when the elite gets in its way and the working people benefit from it, we know”. “So, the meeting was really where we are going.”
The mayor has not decided whether to offer support, saying it was too early to forecast.
“If you go back to the equivalent time in 2013, I was fourth or fifth before the primary,” Mr. de Blasio said of his surprise victory.
Feedback from candidates varied. “The mayor recognizes the journey of his powerful life”, said Mr. Adams, a spokesman, Ivan Theis.
The campaigns of Mr. Yang and Mr. McGuire responded to Mr. de Blasio’s comments, sounding like sharp Juban.
Chris Yang, spokesman for Mr. Yang, said, “Andrew Yang focuses on concrete ways to help bring New York City back, reduce the outbreak in shooting and overcome the most difficult period in its history.”
Mr. McGarr said the mayor’s comment was “a divisive, old-school political posture that is making the return of our city harder than it should be.”
“Can’t we just, at once, bring people together to solve problems, instead we are looking for ways to divide everyone into narrow parts of power?” Mr. McGuire said.
Yang on yeshivas
In 2019, the de Blasio administration released a report – which, according to city investigators, was delayed for years for politically motivated reasons – which found that the vast majority of yeshivas visited by city officials on the state’s secular education Were not meeting the standards.
The report gave rise to critics of Yeshiva education, many of them Jews, who argue that the lack of quality education in subjects such as English deprives students of the ability to flourish in the job market after graduation, and the city and state The officials have asked to intervene.
Some mayoral candidates have said that they will take steps to ensure that every child in New York City receives a sound secular education according to state law.
However, Mr. Yang said that he is waiting for more data.
“I don’t think we should set a course, unless the course can be shown to have a better impact on people’s career tracties and prospects,” said Mr. Yang on the Mayor’s forum Thursday in hosting the New York Judea Agenda.
He then had a discussion about his own experience in high school, during which he spent a month reading the Bible in the form of literature.
“If it was good enough for my public school, I don’t think we are somehow prioritizing secularism over faith-based education,” Mr. Yang said.
His response shocked many education leaders in New York, including Randy WeingartenPresident of the American Federation of Teachers, who moderated the stage. She Is Jewish and married to a rabbi.
“Andrew Yang is better than this,” Ms. Yangington said in an interview.
“Whatever the children may be,” he said, “they have the right to see and achieve their dreams and that means they have to get a basic education in New York State.”
Yafed’s executive director, Nafuli Mostar, who advocates strict enforcement of state education standards, was sharp in his criticism.
“I don’t know if he understands the horrors of educational neglect happening in the city he hopes to represent and is still choosing to hang out with Haradi leaders, or he simply hasn’t done his homework,” he said. said.
In a later email, Mr. Yang’s spokesman said the candidates were familiar with the 2019 City Report finding insufficient secular education in dozens of yeshivas and “will work constructively with the community to improve outcomes in those schools . “
But, the spokesperson said, Mr. Yang is awaiting the latest data on about 90 percent of the yeshivas.