Andrew Yang, the businessman who became known nationwide when he ran for the 2020 Democratic President nomination, officially announced the launch of his New York City mayoral campaign on Wednesday night.
Yang, 46, makes headlines with a group of candidates announcing their plans to reopen the city after a coronavirus pandemic that has nearly paralyzed local business in recent months. The former entrepreneur outlined several platform goals in a video message announcing his offer, including creating a universal basic income for New York City residents.
“Seeing my city as it is now breaks my heart,” said Yang. “We need to realize Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a guaranteed minimum income and get cash into the hands of the people who need it most. We will bring New York City into the 21st century by bringing high-speed internet to everyone.” Our children can learn. We’re taking control of our subway again. “
Yang was considered an early front runner in New York City’s Mayors’ Race last month when he submitted documents to run for office. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, has received widespread criticism in recent months for how he has dealt with the pandemic. He is in his second term and cannot look for a third.
Nonprofit Venture for America founder Yang exceeded expectations during a presidential campaign calling for the introduction of the “Freedom Dividend,” or a universal basic income of $ 1,000 a month, to prevent automation-related job losses . He was eliminated from the race last February when President-elect Joe Biden gained a clear lead.
“I’m running for mayor for my two boys, for you, and for every New Yorker,” said Yang. “Let’s fight for a future New York City that we can all be proud of.”
In the days before he announced his mayor’s offer, Yang was scrutinized by critics who questioned the strength of his ties to New York City. That criticism intensified after Yang confirmed that he had moved from his New York City apartment to his family home in New Paltz during the pandemic.
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Yang sparked a riot on social media after telling the New York Times that he had decided to move due to the cramped conditions in his two-bedroom apartment. Critics pointed out that New York residents have been grappling with the same scenario for months, often in apartments smaller than his.
“Every New York parent has problems raising our children in a time of COVID. I am proud to have lived, worked and raised my children in this city for 25 years,” Yang responded to the criticism. “After COVID closed our public schools, we took our two children, including my autistic son, to New York to help him adjust to our new normal.”
Other early mayoral candidates including New York Comptroller Scott Stringer and Brooklyn City President Eric Adams.