Former 'Real Housewives of New York' cast member 'strongly considering' run for mayor

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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Following New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson's announcement Thursday that he's ended his run for mayor, comes word that a new candidate may emerge: Former "Real Housewives of New York" cast member and construction executive Barbara Kavovit.

Kavovit, ceo of Evergreen Construction, told Page Six that she is "strongly considering" a run for the mayor's office and has hired a campaign manager.

And why not? She wouldn't be the first reality TV star-turned-lawmaker.

"Well, I have to say, if Donald Trump could be President of the United States, I can be Mayor of New York City," she said. "You know, I’m a builder. I know how to build. I know how to rebuild."

The election will be held in November 2021. De Blasio will not run again because of term limits. 

Kavovit said she's been inspired to consider a career in politics as a "tough Democrat" because of what she perceives as the city's deteriorating safety

"Number one is rebuild a safer and more inclusive New York City, " she said, "So I feel like the city is not a safe place. So if it’s not safe, people don’t want to come to New York City. People don’t want to stay in New York City."

She added, "I think housing is not being addressed, for instance, for housing, one of the first things I would do is build more affordable housing. And with that, I wouldn’t only build more affordable housing, but I would create an ownership program so that whoever is in the housing, they have a responsibility to where they live."

As for her political affiliation, she said, "I'm a Democrat, but I’m a tough Democrat. I’m not going to stand for crime. I am going to help businesses. I am going to promote a safer New York City, very structured, so people feel comfortable about being here, so they want to have their business here. So they want to go on the subway and go to work."