In an email to supporters sent out this morning, City Councilman Dan Garodnick made his plan to run for City Comptroller official, telling supporters “I’m ready to take the next step in serving the City I love. I will be in touch with you in the coming days to personally ask for your support.”
The candidate will address reporters about his candidacy today on the steps of City Hall. He held a similar avail last week.
Mr. Garodnick is in many ways a formidable candidate–he has lined up an A-Team of consultants, including Berlin Rosen and Bedford Grove, is well-liked in the Council and among editorial boards and has a large base of support on the east side of Manhattan.
City Councilman Dan Garodnick came right up to the line of declaring himself a candidate for City Comptroller at a news conference on the City Hall steps this morning, telling reporters that it is something he is “strongly considering.”
Mr. Garodnick took something of an odd tack in explaining his reasons for (almost) seeking the job as the city’s chief fiscal officer–mainly that a new, inexperienced mayor is coming into office in 2014, and so an experienced hand will be need in the comptroller’s office.
“The city has real challenges right now,” he said. “We have not only a budgetary challenge with a structural deficit. We have new mayor who is coming in, whoever it is, it will be somebody who is untested as an executive, dealing with a $67 billion budget. So it is a moment in which I think it is important to have independent, reform minded people assuming the roles to protect those taxpayer dollars.”
A reader passed along the following invitation to a fundraiser next week for City Councilman Daniel Garodnick out in Queens.
Mr. Garodnick had been eyeing a race for City Comptroller assuming that John Liu ran for the mayor. The field had been pretty wide open, with Brooklyn City Councilmember Dominic Recchia the only other name coming up as a potential candidate.
But much has changed in the past few weeks. For one thing, in light of the string of fundraising scandal he is facing, Mr. Liu seems unlikely to run for mayor. If he decides to seek re-election to the comptroller’s job, he may even find himself in a tough race. Thus, the news this morning that Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer is taking a look at the race.
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