The second most favored mayoral primary candidate in New York is Kathryn Garcia. The six-year commissioner of sanitation under Mayor Bill de Blasio is well respected within the political and government circles. She is considered as someone who solves problems with a focussed grasp on bureaucracy.
Her supporters believe she has the best resume to lead New York however endorsers have shown reluctance to support her and her polling numbers are in the single digit. People however still love her.
The frontrunner in the elections right now is Andrew Yang. He has constantly shared that she would be his second choice on the ballot under New York’s new ranking voting system. Both the opponents recently ran into each other and Yang said he called Kathryn “all of the time” and that she is an “awesome” person and he would want to work with her.
In April, Garcia held an event where former Council Member Costa Constantinides and state Sen. Diane Savino endorsed her for the second rank. She was called a viable “candidate for the deputy mayorship,” by political analyst Eli Valentin.
Kathryn has worked around and in the City Hall for over 30 years. She began her career as an intern in the department of sanitation. She was the chief operating officer for the Department of Environmental Protection. During de Blasio’s term, an exposure crisis had occurred and she was named the lead czar for the city. She served as an interim chair for the public housing authority when the authority was placed under a federal monitor. During the pandemic, Kathryn kept the food supply open and also expanded the delivery system in the city.
Many people have called out that she is only being placed in the second place because she is a woman. New York City has never seen a woman as its mayor.
de Blasio’s former deputy mayor for housing, Alicia Glen, who was at a point of time a very powerful woman shared, “I think first and foremost that is so sexist it’s mind-boggling. I don’t think if you had a man who had been a commissioner and served in many different roles and was running as the candidate who actually knows how things work, that the press or cognoscenti would be saying, ‘That’s a great idea; they’d make a great deputy mayor.’”
Kathryn agreed with her. She said during an interview, “Men aren’t being asked the question on viability. I think what it shows is that we got into this later in the race but what we bring to the table — the vision, the ability to execute — is coming in loud and clear. People really are desperate for execution. They want to ensure what you tell them you’re going to do isn’t going to sit on the shelf, but actually happen. And having the experience and track record to point to really matters to voters. If it was all locked up, then I’d be concerned. But it is not locked up. They know these other folks and they’re not buying it.”