New York mayoral race: Kathryn Garcia makes a name for herself after New York Times approval


NEW YORK (WABC) – The New York Times endorsement of Kathryn Garcia may well push her from the unknown to the top of the New York mayoral race.

His new TV commercial emphasizes the experience – and in large part.

Garcia was the Sanitation Commissioner for the New York City Sanitation Department, making sure the streets were cleared of snow and trash picked up.

During the coronavirus pandemic, she went over to the food czar, feeding thousands of hungry New Yorkers.

“New Yorkers judge my job every day I’m at work,” the mayoral candidate said. “They come out of their homes and know if I have cleared snow and if their garbage has been picked up or not”.

When asked if she could be seen as too closely related to Mayor Bill de Blasio, she was quick to criticize where she thought he had slipped, number one on the list being the pandemic.

“There were definitely challenges, in particular, with the vaccine rollout with the opening and closing of schools that I certainly would have done differently,” Garcia said.

On Tuesday, Garcia focused on crime and vowed to reform the police, saying it would lower the pay for officers who refuse orders like wearing a mask.

However, she is certainly not in favor of cutting police funding.

“So I support the PD and I want to make sure that it is the most efficient department, that we see the police as a service and the police as our guardians and not as warriors,” Garcia said.

Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang said he was so impressed with Garcia that if he became mayor he would hire her to work for him.

She responded to his comments by saying to simply cut out the middleman and hire him as mayor.

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