Andrew Yang tours NYC to campaign for mayor
Andrew Yang hosted a ceremony in Morningside Heights
before launching his first in-person tour of the city as a candidate for New
York City mayor.
Rep. Ritchie Torres joined Yang on stage at
the start of the event to offer his endorsement. Torres added that he is also co-chair of the
"Yang Gang" campaign.
Yang, a New York-based
businessman, posted a video to
Twitter Wednesday announcing his
candidacy on social media— the source of much of his popularity for his
What remains to be seen is
if the younger audience he attracted using his online presence will translate
into votes in a crowded Democratic primary for mayor.
Yang is running on creating a forum of universal basic income for New Yorkers, an idea he hopes will bring them
to the polls. It is an idea he's become known for and that would ideally start
by giving those living in what he calls "extreme poverty" about
$2,000 a year.
Also at his announcement,
Yang promised to create a People's Bank of New York City to sport full electric
buses by 2030, to take back the subway and bus system from the state and manage
it on a city level, and to work on criminal justice reform while also reducing
Yang says recovering from the pandemic is at the
top of his list. He is running on the idea that he's the best person to fix the
economic issues the city is facing.
However, Yang was under fire
over the past few days for admitting he left his Manhattan apartment for his
home upstate with his family during the height of the pandemic, causing many of
his opponents to raise questions about his loyalties.