He hasn’t made it public yet, but City Controller Scott Stringer is making a push for Mayor de Blasio’s job, according to an email from one of his longtime donors to fellow supporters.
Manhattan lawyer Martin Karlinsky, who has donated heavily to Stringer for over a decade, is hosting a fundraiser for him on Dec. 13 which he said will help select “New York’s next mayor.”
“As I am sure most of you know, Scott is the current New York City Comptroller. He is now making a bid for Mayor of New York City,” he said in an email inviting other potential donors to the breakfast.
He urged people to attend for a “a real chance to address your questions and concerns to the person who will run our City commencing January 1, 2018.”
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De Blasio’s term ends on Dec. 31, 2017.
“Please, please, please step up to the plate. The need has never in our lifetimes been greater,” Karlinsky said in the email.
He struck a different tune when reached for comment.
“You are misreading my invite, which merely expresses my hope that he will [run],” he said.
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He also said that Stringer never told him he was running.
A rep for Stringer’s campaign called Karlinsky “both a friend and enthusiastic supporter.”
“He clearly wants Scott Stringer to run for mayor … in 2021,” said Emily Bernstein.
That timeline contradicts the email, which specifically says the money is going towards Stringer 2017 — an account that doesn’t specify what office he’s running for — and that the election is on Nov. 7, 2017.
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So far, no major candidates have officially jumped into the race against de Blasio, but Stringer is often mentioned as a potential challenger.
He had planned to run in 2013 — when de Blasio was elected — but switched to city controller because the Democratic primary field was too crowded.
Both de Blasio and Stringer are liberal Democrats.
Despite being a staunch critic of the current Gracie Mansion occupant, Stringer has sidestepped questions about whether he will run against him.
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He has repeatedly said he’s happy as the city’s chief bean counter, while not definitively ruling out a run.
The mayor’s campaign spokesman said he’s not sweating a Stringer run.
“Under Mayor de Blasio, Crime just hit another all-time low, jobs are at record highs, the City is building and preserving affordable housing at a record pace, while graduation rates and test scores continue to improve,” said Dan Levitan.
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