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ABOUT THE CANDIDATE
Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrión Jr. served on the New York City Council from 1998 to 2002, representing District 14 in the West Bronx. He then served as the Bronx Borough President from 2002 to 2009. In 2010, the Obama Administration named Carrión the US Department of Urban Development's Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey, a position he held until early 2012.
ON THE ISSUES
On the first thing he'll do as mayor:
"The first thing I will do is call a state of emergency in our housing. The problem is we have a two percent vacancy rate. They city has become unaffordable. You cannot find affordable housing if you’re growing into the middle class. We’ve been able to house the poor. We have had difficulty housing the homeless. But we are not giving options to people, affordable options for them to stay here. So guess what? We’re gonna lose the heart of the city. The heart of the city is the middle class."
On increasing jobs:
"Number one, we need to invest in broadband capacity to take our economy from a FIRE economy—finance, insurance, and real estate—to a FREIT economy—finance, real estate, and information technology. The big wave, the future of the city, any global city to be competitive against the back drop of a Shanghai, a London, a Silicon Valley in the Bay area in San Francisco, a Raleigh, Durham, a Boston. You know, we were competing with Boston. We compete with Boston all the time whether it’s basketball or baseball. We cannot allow that, for New York City to fall behind. It has to be attractive to investment. The growth sector is in IT. Everywhere across the globe. So if we’re gonna create jobs and prepare a work force for those jobs of the future, we have to expand our broadband capacity."
On why he left the Democratic Party to run for mayor:
"Look, our political process is broken. People are looking for independent leadership. Forty percent of the American electorate is independent. Twenty-five percent of the New York City electorate is independent. A large share of Democrats and Republicans, unaffiliated voters and Independence party voters all vote with an independent judgment about what’s best for the city. Not for the party, not for the special interests, but for the city, my family, my business. I represent that silent majority. And I want to wake that silent majority up."
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