Public Advocate Bill de Blasio threw his hat into the mayoral ring Sunday during a press conference held in front of his Park Slope, Brooklyn home.
“This mayor’s policies have been very good for some in our city,” de Blasio said. “But so many middle-class New Yorkers have been ignored and priced out. They just yearn for a city of good schools and good jobs – and a leader in City Hall who knows that we only succeed if we leave no New Yorker behind.”
With his wife and son standing by his side, de Blasio laid out a platform that is based on improving access to public education, asking the wealthiest to help fund early childhood education and after-school programs, growing jobs in all five boroughs, cutting bureaucracy and red-tape for small businesses and fixing the NYPD’s “broken” stop-and-frisk police.
“Let’s be honest about where we are today – a city that in too many ways has become a tale of two cities – a place where City Hall too often has catered to the interests of the elite rather than the needs of everyday New Yorkers,” de Blasio said. “I stand before you today as someone seeking to be a mayor for our neighborhoods – good, clean, strong, safe neighborhoods in which New Yorkers from all five boroughs can start businesses, raise their kids, and find homes they can afford.”
De Blasio’s announcement places him in the top three democratic contenders, along with City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and former City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr.