12:01 pm Jan. 3, 2013
Here's long-ago councilman Sal Albanese, today, on why he's running for mayor.
"I stood up for LGBT rights in the 1980s," he said in an emailed statement. "I fought to give our workers a Living Wage in the 1990s. I put more police on our streets to keep the city safe. And I was a key supporter of term limits, which were scuttled for political gain in 2008. I am the only candidate with the vision, foresight, and voting record that Democratic voters yearn for. In due time, the polls and numbers that pundits tout will show just that."
Albanese opened his campaign committee last month, and today's statement was his first formal announcement. This will be Albanese's third mayoral bid.
When I spoke with Albanese last month, he confirmed his plan to run, but was still putting together his campaign team. (He has a campaign manager and spokesman now, along with a website and Twitter account.) He also said he considered running as an independent, rather than a Democrat, but concluded that was not feasable.
Albanese is from Bay Ridge. To the extent he's able to make an impact on the race, he could pose a particular problem for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, the other white Democratic candidate from Brooklyn.
Albanese said he'll start his campaign off by putting in his own money.