The race for the city’s mayor is heating up as New Yorkers get ready to cast their votes in the fall. Mayor Bill de Blasio is running for re-election, but he isn’t without competition, including everyone from a state senator to a former Jets player.
Here is a rundown of the players who have
declared their candidacy with the city’s Campaign Finance Board:
Bill de Blasio
The incumbent mayor has started racking up endorsements from unions and fellow politicians. In 2016, he secured endorsements from leaders including Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, and also got the backing of 32BJ SEIU, the largest union of property-service workers in the country. In his four years, de Blasio has been praised for accomplishments including the rollout of free universal pre-kindergarten, additional affordable housing and record-low crime rates, but he has been criticized for the rise in homelessness as well as state and federal investigations into campaign fundraising practices.
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State Sen. Tony Avella once served as an aide to former Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins, and was elected to the City Council before moving on to state politics. He lives in Whitestone, Queens.
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Paul Massey is a real estate executive who moved to the city from Westchester County, and has billed himself as a "non-politician."
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The candidate who became famous for his Rent is Too Damn High Party is trying his hand at politics again. While McMillan announced his retirement from politics in December 2015, he vowed to give it another go in December 2016, tweeting that the "announcement I'm running for Mayor in 2017 is my Christmas gift to the people. Tell everybody."
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The former city councilman and public school teacher wants to fight "to reform our government so that it better represents average New Yorkers." Albanese ran for mayor three times: in 2013, 2000, and 1997.
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In the months leading up to the November 2016 election, Michael Basch worked as an organizer for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. He grew up in California and got his start in business as a barista for the Coffee Bean at 16 years old. Basch eventually went on to oversee two territories of the company as a district manager, according to his
LinkedIn profile .
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The clergyman, who grew up in Washington, D.C., played for Virginia Tech and spent one season with the New York Jets from 1981 to 1982. He then moved back to the city in 1988.
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Richard 'Bo' Dietl
Richard 'Bo' Dietl is a private investigator and a former NYPD detective. In 1986 he ran for Congress under the Republican and Conservative parties but lost.
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Darren Aquino has played a disabled cop on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and a mobster on "The Sopranos" and has started an advocacy group for disabled veterans, according to the New York Post.
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