“We need to realize Martin Luther King’s dream of a guaranteed minimum income and get the money into the hands of the people who need it most,” Ian said in a 46-minute commercial that lasts two and a half minutes.
Young’s video officially formalized his exit to a crowded seat of experienced local politicians hoping to replace New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), who is banned from the term.
Close to the noise of the new presidential campaign, which has brought Jan loyal supporters of the democratic primaries, united under the name #YangGang, he considers a major fundraiser and a serious contender.
But in New York, some critics have already begun circulating, asking why Ian and his family left the city during the pandemic, and highlighting some of his more unusual campaign promises – including a promise to bring TikTok Hype Huts to the city.
Ian, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, was born in Shenectady, New York, and moved to Manhattan to law school. He stayed and now lives in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood with his wife and two sons. In March 2019, he entered a crowded democratic core as a largely unknown figure, but by the time he dropped the application last February, it had come a long way.
Ian had applied to run for mayor of New York earlier, but officially debuted as a candidate with his video on Wednesday. Once again he is an outsider in the race – he has never worked in the city government and did not vote for the last four mayoral elections. Ian focused his proposal on a similar promise that the presidential campaign had: a guaranteed minimum income for New Yorkers. He also proposes to create a “People’s Bank to be poor,” he said in the video.
Some critics have already questioned his commitment to the city – a refrain that has escalated since profile in the New York Times on Monday noted it was driving out a pandemic in New York State.
“We live in a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. And here, for example, do you imagine how to try to have two children in a virtual school in a two-room apartment, and then try to do the work yourself? “Ian told the Times.
Scott Stringer, city controller and mayoral candidate, tweeted in response to the quote: “Yes, in fact I can.”
Eric Adams, president of the Brooklyn District and another mayoral candidate, tweeted that the city deserves a leader who was not “out of touch”. Diane Morales, a former nonprofit executive who also works, said she spent a year, “living with THREE generations under one roof, and conducting company from home.”
У Times statement, Ian defended his family’s decision to spend most of his time in the Hudson Valley.
“We took our two children, including my autistic son, to New York to help him adjust to our new normalcy,” Ian said. “Evelyn and I know how lucky we are to have such an opportunity, so I have dedicated the last years of my life to raising working-class families and eradicating poverty.”
On Wednesday, Ian found another policy to shake up the race: Hype Houses TikTok. Jan. proposal, isolated in the virus tweet from a Times reporter, will bring young Internet creators to the city to create bands similar to those where TikTok stars live together and cooperate.
“We need to help create similar art groups that use new technologies,” Ian writes.
The idea led to some bullying on Twitter, where some urged Young to focus more on ordinary New Yorkers who can’t afford rent, rather than on teens who become infected with TikTok.
In his preview video, directed by Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky, Ian also promised to improve technology in the urban audience.
“We will move New York into the 21st century by giving everyone high-speed Internet so our children can learn,” he said.
However, another promise seems destined to provoke its own conflict among fans.
“Maybe we can even save Knicks,” Ian said.