As dozens of candidates line up to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio, we’re breaking down key information about some of the contenders before you cast your vote this year.

Name: Kathryn Garcia

Age: 51

Party: Democratic Party

Race: New York City Mayor

Background: Former city Sanitation Commissioner, former interim public housing authority chair, was point person for providing hungry New Yorkers with food during the pandemic

Key positions:

  • Vows to streamline government agencies, simplify the benefit application process, create platforms that would allow New Yorkers to access government services on their phones
  • Does not support “canceling” rent, but wants mediation on payments to prevent evictions
  • Backs the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) — which allows non-profit groups or private developers to take over the maintenance and operation of a public housing building — and NYCHA chairman Greg Russ’s public-private partnership blueprint for public housing funding

Kathryn Garcia on "You Decide with Errol Louis":

In a March 2021 appearance on the "You Decide with Errol Louis" podcast, Kathryn Garcia laid out her vision for the city and discussed her plans for reforming the NYPD.

More information about this candidate:

‘I disagreed with the current mayor’: Why candidate Kathryn Garcia wants to take on the city’s top job

See Kathryn Garcia’s Twitter

See Kathryn Garcia’s website


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