Statement by Aaron Foldenauer, Candidate for Mayor of New York City,
in Response to Scott Stringer’s Formal Announcement of his Candidacy for Mayor

NEW YORK, NY, September 8, 2020.  –  Aaron Foldenauer, candidate for Mayor of New York City, issued the following statement in reaction to Scott Stringer’s formal announcement that he will run for Mayor:

“Fiscal experts for years have warned that New York City stood to lose billions in the next recession that was bound to come.  Unfortunately, as Comptroller, Scott Stringer allowed runaway spending and increasing budget deficits.  The recession that has long been in the making is now here, and we are woefully unprepared due to Mr. Stringer’s gross mismanagement of the City’s finances.

“Now, because of Mr. Stringer’s negligence while serving as Comptroller, New York City is doomed to rely on a dangerous combination of austerity budgets and the issuance of new debt that our grandchildren will be expected to repay.

“Scott Stringer kept his head in the sand and allowed Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, to waste over $1 billion of taxpayer money on a failed mental health initiative.  More recently, Mr. Stringer allowed Mr. de Blasio’s wife to have a personal staff paid more than $2 million per year to burnish her own image as she herself explores a potential run for office.  This is a gross failure of oversight on Mr. Stringer’s part, at best, or outright corruption at worst.

“In Mr. Stringer’s statement announcing his candidacy, he acknowledges his own failures as Comptroller in admitting that ‘over the last eight years, we’ve written more chapters’ in the ‘tale of two cities.’  Indeed, under Scott Stringer’s leadership, the gap between the haves and have-nots in this City has only increased, which belies the very progressive values that Mr. Stringer claims to represent.

“New Yorkers are struggling.  They are fed up with the current administration, and that includes Mr. Stringer.  As New Yorkers look for new leadership during these troubling times, Mr. Stringer will have a difficult time standing out in the increasingly crowded Democratic primary for Mayor.

“We should not recycle failed elected officials.  We need new leadership in Gracie Mansion.”

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Aaron Foldenauer’s experience as a political advocate and a business litigator makes him uniquely qualified to become the next Mayor of New York City during these difficult times.  A veteran of New York City politics, he previously ran for the New York City Council seat based in District 1, Lower Manhattan, where Mr. Foldenauer has lived for 15 years.

Aaron is an accomplished attorney and practiced at several leading law firms in New York City for over a decade.  More information about Aaron and his policies can be found at

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