City Comptroller Scott Stringer has a message for Mayor de Blasio now that Hizzoner has quit his quixotic presidential campaign: get to work!
“People want an engaged elected official. Being mayor is a 24/7, it’s seven days a week,” Stringer said Tuesday morning.
“I’m glad he’s back,” he said of de Blasio on Fox 5’s “Good Day New York.” “I want him to come back and govern the hell out of this town.”
After months of treating his job like a no-show gig, de Blasio has been conspicuously present in the city, showing up at events like the San Genarro meatball eating contest on Saturday and holding a rally on retirement on Monday.
“We want our mayor to come and lead. That’s why he’s the mayor and I’m very hopeful that we’re going to work on homelessness” and other issues, Stringer said.
The comptroller is expected to run to succeed de Blasio in 2021. He has about $2.5 million in his campaign war chest.
But he played coy when asked about his intentions, saying, “I’m going to consider that in the months ahead.”
De Blasio was relentlessly mocked during his five-month presidential campaign, during which he never got more than 1% support from Dem voters. Other than endorsing Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Stringer largely stayed on the sidelines.
He said Tuesday, “I don’t go after anybody.”