As New York City tries to emerge from its paralyzed, pandemic-damaged economy, Shaun Donovan says experience as a government problem-solver makes him the best choice to be its next mayor.
Donovan served as the city’s top housing official under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP. He was also President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Housing and U.S. budget director. He said he sees his path to victory as galvanizing support among people he has aided throughout the city in housing programs, as well as voters who want to see the next mayor get the city budget under control.
“New Yorkers are hungry, not for a politician but for a public servant who has that experience,” Donovan said during a one-hour interview with Bloomberg News editors and reporters. “We need a mayor who’s actually managed huge budgets.”
Donovan pledged a round of outreach to the city’s business community, citing the private sector’s contribution to bailing out the city during the financial crises of the 1970’s. “We need a mayor for all New Yorkers, not a mayor who’s going to demonize and divide the city,” he said, referring to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is not seeking re-election because of term limits.