In a marketing campaign video launched late Wednesday on Twitter, Yang put forth an agenda that included a assured minimal revenue, bringing common high-speed Web, beginning a “individuals’s financial institution” and reopening New York Metropolis “intelligently” from the pandemic.
“I moved to New York Metropolis 25 years in the past,” he mentioned within the video. “I got here of age, fell in love, and have become a father right here. Seeing our metropolis in a lot ache breaks my coronary heart.”
His agenda features a concentrate on New York Metropolis’s nightlife. On his marketing campaign web site, Yang pledges to make everlasting outside eating, “to-go cocktails” and different short-term measures put in place throughout the pandemic. He additionally says he desires to draw so-called TikTok hype homes, the place social-media influencers stay collectively in large mansions and shoot movies collectively.
I moved to New York Metropolis 25 years in the past. I got here of age, fell in love, and have become a father right here. Seeing our Metropolis in a lot ache breaks my coronary heart.
Let’s combat for a future New York Metropolis that we may be pleased with – collectively. Be a part of us at https://t.co/TGnxwuBiHB pic.twitter.com/n9zxPybgbh
— Andrew Yang🧢🗽🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) January 14, 2021
Yang’s primary revenue program would begin by offering $2,000 a 12 months to half one million New Yorkers in excessive poverty. Individuals would obtain the money by month-to-month transfers to a checking account opened of their title at a newly-created “Individuals’s Financial institution.”
His most detailed coverage focuses on reviving the town’s small companies. He pledged to open 15,000 small companies by 2022 and likewise supplied a bevy of unconventional concepts, together with shopping for heaters in bulk after which promoting them to eating places which are serving clients within the frigid outside as indoor eating stays shut. He additionally prompt the town make an funding in Cinch Market, a Brooklyn startup that brings collectively small companies on one on-line platform, whose tagline is “Store Brooklyn Not Bezo$.”
Yang, 46, whose two youngsters attend public faculty within the metropolis, additionally mentioned he needed to subsidize broadband for colleges, develop the town’s common preschool program, and reform the varsity system’s admissions course of. “There shall be no restoration with out colleges being open and instructing youngsters safely daily,” he mentioned.
Yang had filed paperwork with the town final month to discover a run. He joins greater than two dozen individuals working for the seat, together with Ray McGuire, the previous vice chairman of Citigroup Inc.; Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams, metropolis Comptroller Scott Stringer and former U.S. Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan. Incumbent Mayor Invoice de Blasio is prevented by time period limits from working once more. Some preliminary polling exhibits Yang will begin as one of many early frontrunners within the race.
His marketing campaign has already gotten off to a rocky begin. Yang drew scrutiny in current weeks for his resolution to flee the town throughout the pandemic and go to his dwelling within the Hudson Valley, and feedback he made about digital education that critics say got here throughout as tone deaf. In an interview with the New York Occasions, he requested, “Are you able to think about attempting to have two youngsters on digital faculty in a two-bedroom house, after which attempting to do work your self?” His opponents pounced. “Sure, really I can,” wrote metropolis comptroller and mayoral candidate Scott M. Stringer, about his personal two youngsters.
Sure, really I can. https://t.co/0ApSoJGIV8
— Scott Stringer (@scottmstringer) January 11, 2021
New York’s subsequent mayor will face quite a few financial and well being challenges. Greater than 25,000 New Yorkers have died from Covid-19. Town additionally faces a $3.eight billion deficit for the finances 12 months starting July, in keeping with state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. By means of October, New York Metropolis has recovered simply 37% of the 944,100 jobs misplaced in March and April, when officers imposed an financial shutdown on non-essential companies. The election is about to happen in November, with primaries in June.
Born in Schenectady, New York, to immigrants from Taiwan, Yang labored for a number of startups earlier than turning into chief govt officer of a Manhattan test-preparation firm that was offered to Kaplan Inc. in 2009. In 2017, he declared his run for president.
Yang constructed that marketing campaign on a promise of $1,000 a month to each grownup, with a tax on tech firms. He ended his bid in February 2020, however a longer-than-expected run all through the Democratic primaries introduced him a nationwide platform that he used to marketing campaign for President-Elect Joe Biden and Democrats who took management of the Senate.
(Updates with Yang’s feedback on training in ninth paragraph)
–With help from Henry Goldman.