1. Various of Andrew Yang doing tour of neighborhood in Brooklyn
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew Yang, (D) New York City Mayoral Candidate
"I am so excited to be running for mayor of the greatest city in the world, and I'm running because we're in the midst of an historic crisis and I believe I can help. I love this city. I lived here for 25 years. My wife and I are public school parents here. And what's happening right here in the city, we can see it around us in the storefronts -- thousands of small businesses have shut their doors, many of them may not reopen. All New Yorkers -- and I said the other day, everyone loves New York. You know, if you're not in New York or, you know, in New York or you've been here, your family here, everyone needs to come together and try and get the city back on its feet. And that is why I'm running for mayor."
3. Yang walking on street
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew Yang, (D) New York City Mayoral Candidate
"Any time I see the Trump name on something, it has bothered me even before he ended up inciting a riot that took multiple lives in our nation's capital. So at a minimum, we should be excising Trump's name so that New Yorkers do not have to see it and think that somehow he's associated with our city in a public way."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew Yang, (D) New York City Mayoral Candidate
"Well, the great thing is that, like, city officials are looking at it right now and saying, 'OK,' for example, let's say there is, you know, a hospital or a property that might have the Trump name associated with it, then you go to that hospital or the board and say, hey, like, you know, 'we think that it might be great for you to potentially remove their name and replace it with another name. And, like, let's examine who that might be.'"
Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang has officially entered the race for mayor of New York City.
Yang spent his first official day as a candidate touring the city and meeting with state and city elected officials to discuss his candidacy.
Yang responded to an announcement by New York's current mayor, Bill De Blasio, on Wednesday that he would terminate contracts to run attractions at several New York City tourist spots following last week's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Yang said he would go a step further, seeking to "excise" Trump's name form the city. He proposed encouraging private institutions in the city to drop any affiliations with the Trump Organization.
Yang joins a crowded Democratic primary field that includes longtime elected officials and veterans of the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Yang's proposal for a universal basic income won him a national following during the 2020 Democratic primary campaign before he dropped out of the race in February.
Yang brings high name recognition to the mayoral race.
The winner of the Democratic primary will be the strong favorite in the November general election because Democrats outnumber Republicans in the city by a wide margin.