Garodnick Makes Comptroller Run Official

 Garodnick Makes Comptroller Run OfficialIn 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.

It very much remains to be seen however what the rest of the field for the comptroller’s race looks like. John Liu, the embattled current city comptroller, hasn’t been clear about whether or not he intends to run for mayor or seek re-election to his post, but with a growing campaign fundraising scandal surrounding him, will face an uphill battle either way. City Councilman Dominic Recchia is also considering running for comptroller, but has yet to lay the groundwork like Mr. Garodnick has. State Senator Daniel Squadron is also considering a run, but would likely choose to run for public advocate or Brooklyn borough president, since he and Mr. Garodnick rely in many ways on the same base of support.

Full email from Mr. Garodnick below:
Dear Friend:

 

I want to let you know that I have decided to be a candidate for Comptroller of the City of New York next year.

 

With a continuing deficit, challenges to our pension system and a changing landscape at City Hall, New Yorkers need an independent voice they can trust in the Comptroller’s office.  We will have to be completely focused on finding creative and responsible ways to deliver the most productive municipal government possible – without distractions.

 

I believe I have the experience to do the job.

 

·         As a lawyer, I practiced securities litigation, where I learned what it means to be a fiduciary, and how to do internal investigations of large corporations.

 

·         In the City Council, I’ve chaired the Consumer Affairs Committee, passed legislation to protect working people and to save taxpayers money, and have been a clear and consistent voice for responsible budgeting as a six-year-member of the Council’s budget negotiating team.

 

·         As a community leader, I’ve led the fight for affordable housing for 25,000 of my neighbors at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village and have been a spearhead for the multi-billion dollar tenant-backed bid to protect our homes.

 

·         As a passionate advocate for the rights of all New Yorkers, I helped litigate the case to win fair funding for New York City schools and wrote landmark legislation to give the Civilian Complaint Review Board prosecutorial power against police abuse, which the City has just agreed to implement.

 

·         And as an independent reformer, I’ve worked to make the Council budget process more transparent and accountable.

 

Over the coming year, I will be laying out my vision to strengthen the way the City protects the retirement security of its workforce, and to make government work better – both internally and with its outside vendors – with a focus on results.  We need new ideas in this city, so don’t hesitate to share yours with me at www.dangarodnick.com.

 

Over the coming year, I will be laying out my vision to strengthen the way the City protects the retirement security of its workforce, and to make government work better – both internally and with its outside vendors – with a focus on results.  We need new ideas in this city, so don’t hesitate to share yours with me at www.dangarodnick.com.

 

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.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Garodnick