Shaun Donovan, a top housing official in the administrations of President Barack Obama and Mayor Mike Bloomberg, kicked off his campaign for New York City mayor Tuesday.
Donovan spoke from a rooftop at a Bronx affordable housing development, Via Verde, with the Manhattan skyline looming in the background — addressing supporters by Zoom during the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is within our grasp to repair the torn fabric of our city — to restitch and rebuild, to reimagine the people and places that constitute our lives as New Yorkers, and to make a city that works for everyone,” he said.
Donovan was the secretary of Housing and Urban Development and then director of the Office of Management and Budget during the Obama administration, and was Obama’s point man for recovery after Hurricane Sandy. He was commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development under Bloomberg.