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Potential Rivals For City Comptroller React To Stringer Entering The Race

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Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer ended his long-shot bid to be mayor on Sunday, announcing he will run for city comptroller instead, but he still has a potentially heated Democratic primary ahead of him. NY1’s Josh Robin filed the following report.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer Scott Stringer said that the poll numbers in the mayor's race didn’t go his way and announced his candidacy for city comptroller in 2013. However, he's not the only one who wants to be New York’s number-cruncher.

"Listen. Scott Stringer is not going to be anointed the next comptroller of the city of New York," said Brooklyn Councilman Dominic Recchia, another potential candidate in the race.

Recchia blasted Stringer's announcement for being poorly timed, as much of the city, including Recchia's constituents, were still reeling from Sandy.

"We have thousands of people who don't know where they're going to eat on Thanksgiving,” Recchia said. “And that's what I'm doing right now. Of course I would love to be the next comptroller of the City of New York. I have the knowledge, I have the background, I'm the only one that negotiated budgets."

Stringer did not want to comment on-camera, but said both he and Recchia had been working on relief. Stringer’s political consultant sent NY1 a picture of both men in front of a Key Foods taken when Stringer donated $250,000 in food.

"We are truly all in this together," Stringer said in a statement. "It is not a time for political attacks."

Manhattan Councilman Dan Garodnick, a third potential candidate, did not take shots at his rivals.

"I know that I have a positive vision for New York City,” Garodnick said. “How to deal with our retirement security, our aging infrastructure, the structural deficit in the city budget."

Meanwhile, in the race for public advocate, current office holder Bill de Blasio is trying to become mayor and several people have thought about trying to take his place.

As of Monday, Anthony Weiner was still in the mix for public advocate and comptroller, but the former congressman has dismissed the chatter.

With at least four Democrats running for mayor, there was talk about who will benefit from Stringer’s exit from the mayoral race.

Political consultant Jerry Skurnik said it is too soon to tell.

"And you can make the case that it's de Blasio, Thompson, Quinn or even [City Comptroller] John Liu," Skurnik said.

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