Andrew Yang announces New York City mayoral bid

Andrew Yang announces New York City mayoral bid

Andrew
Yang,
the
businessman
who
came
to
national
prominence
during
his
upstart
bid
for
the
2020
Democratic
presidential
nomination,
formally
announced
the
launch
of
his

New
York
City
mayoral
campaign
on
Wednesday
night.

Yang,
46,
headlines
a
field
of
candidates
touting
their
plans
to
reopen
the
city
following
a
coronavirus
pandemic
that
brought
local
business
to
a
near-halt
in
recent
months.
The
former
entrepreneur
outlined
several
platform
goals
in
a
video
message
announcing
his
bid,
including
the
establishment
of
a
universal
basic
income
for
New
York
City
residents.

“Seeing
my
city
the
way
it
is
now
breaks
my
heart,”
Yang
said.
“We
need
to
realize
Martin
Luther
King
Jr.’s
dream
of
a
guaranteed
minimum
income
and
get
cash
into
the
hands
of
people
who
need
it
most.
We’ll
bring
New
York
City
into
the
21st
century
by
getting
everyone
high-speed
internet
so
our
kids
can
learn.
We’ll
take
back
control
of
our
subway.”

Yang
was
considered
an
early
frontrunner
in
the
New
York
City
mayoral
race
when
he
filed
paperwork
last
month
to
run
for
the
office.
New
York
City
Mayor
Bill
de
Blasio,
a
Democrat,
has
faced
widespread
criticism
in
recent
months
over
his
handling
of
the
pandemic.
He
is
in
his
second
term and
is
barred
from
seeking
a
third.

The
founder
of
nonprofit
Venture
for
America,
Yang
outperformed
expectations
during
a
presidential
campaign
in
which
he
called
for
the
implementation
of
the
“Freedom
Dividend,”
or
universal
basic
income
of
$1,000
per
month,
as
a
check
against
job
losses
related
to
automation.
He
dropped
out
of
the
race
last
February
as
President-elect
Joe
Biden
gained
a
clear
lead.

“I’m
running
for
mayor
for
my
two
boys,
for
you
and
for
every
New
Yorker,”
Yang
said.
“Let’s
fight
for
a
future
New
York
City
that
we
can
all
be
proud
of.”

In
the
days
before
he
announced
his
mayoral
bid,
Yang
faced
mounting
scrutiny
from
critics
who
questioned
the
strength
of
his
ties
to
New
York
City.
That
criticism
intensified
after
Yang
confirmed
that
he
relocated
from
his
New
York
City
apartment
to
his
family
home
in
New
Paltz
during
the
pandemic.

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Yang
prompted
a

social
media
uproar
after
he
told
the
New
York
Times
that
he
had
decided
to
relocate
because
of
cramped
conditions
in
his
two-bedroom
apartment.
Detractors
pointed
out
that
New
York
City
residents
have
contended
with
the
same
scenario
for
months,
often
in
apartments
smaller
than
his.

“Every
New
York
parent
has
struggled
with
educating
our
children
in
a
time
of
COVID.
I’ve
been
proud
to
live,
work
and
raise
my
kids
in
this
city
for
25
years,”
Yang
said
in
response
to
the
criticism.
“After
COVID
shut
down
our
public
schools,
we
took
our
two
kids,
including
my
autistic
son,
to
upstate
New
York
to
help
him
adapt
to
our
new
normal.”

Other
early
mayoral
candidates
including
New
York
City
Comptroller
Scott
Stringer
and
Brooklyn
Borough
President
Eric
Adams.

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