Mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner came to the Upper West Side on Sunday to discuss his plans for expanding affordable housing, just a few days before the Democratic primary on Tuesday.
Weiner, who spoke to a handful of reporters outside Grosvenor Neighborhood House YMCA on West 105th Street, said he was focused on the issues despite his sinking poll numbers.
“Every single day I get up and I think that I’m going to run the campaign I think New Yorkers want, talking about the issues I think that they care about,” he said. “I’m going to let the voters decide this.”
While Weiner, a former congressman, was once the frontrunner in the race, polls now show him trailing in fourth place.
Polls “predicted I was going to win, they predicted I’m going to be in last,” Weiner said. “Let’s see—let’s see which of those polls is right.”
He also offered up a range of policy proposals, including increasing housing access to people affected by HIV and AIDS, creating a “triage and repair” system to invest management companies and workers in neglected housing, expanding zoning for apartments to include ground-level commercial spaces, forming a real estate tax reform commission, expanding housing for seniors, and reserving a segment of tax-supported housing for the middle class.
“The bottom line is this: If people like the policies we’ve had dealing with housing and affordability, they should vote for one of the other guys,” Weiner said.
He also voiced his support for Columbia’s Manhattanville expansion.
“We want to be an education capital,” Weiner said, adding that although there should be concern for the neighborhoods affected, “I’m basically a pro-development guy.”
Ultimately, Weiner emphasized what he said was an issue-driven campaign.
“Every single day, I’m talking about issues, in the height of the hoopla to the quietest day of summer,” Weiner said. “I have a steadfast view that this is the kind of campaign that New Yorkers want.”