State Senator Daniel Squadron has $400,000 in the bank as the race for public advocate heats up.
According to a source close to Mr. Squadron, his campaign believes that due to the city’s generous matching program, he in essence has close to $1 million to spend on his first citywide run.
Mr. Squadron also will report raising over $308,000 in this period alone.
City Councilman Daniel Garodnick reported having over $1 million on hand for his run for City Comptroller today.
Mr. Garodnick is, so far, the only declared candidate for the seat, although his Council colleague Domenic Recchia is also said to be thinking about running for it.
Mr. Recchia has a little over $600,000 on hand; the two were near neck and neck with the amount raised in this fundraising period, with Mr. Recchia gathering $228,691 and Mr. Garodnick pulling in $234, 170.
City Council president Christine Quinn might not want to start picking out wall-paper for Gracie Mansion just yet. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has found a crucial celebrity ally in the 2013 mayoral race: actress Scarlett Johansson.
A lifelong New Yorker who grew up in Greenwich Village and was a strong supporter of Pres. Obama’s election, Ms. Johansson told PolitickerNY she will be working to help make Mr. Stringer the city’s next mayor. She’s currently helping to plan an October kickoff party, and plans to pledge the maximum of $4950 in addition to enlisting friends to the cause.