NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson Considering Run For Mayor

Council Speaker Corey Johnson
Photo credit John McCarten/City Council
By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has announced a fundraising effort as he considers running for mayor in 2021.

The New York Times first reported Johnson and City Comptroller Scott Stringer have set their sights on the job.

Johnson responded to the report on Twitter saying, "It's a big decision, but I am thinking about a potential people-powered Mayoral run."

The 36-year-old noted he will not take donations of more than $250 from anyone, and won't take any money from corporate PACs, lobbyists or real estate developers.

With very little notice, Johnson later pulled reporters to the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday afternoon to say publicly that he has not yet made up his mind whether to run, but is fundraising for a possible campaign.

"I mean today is me being transparent that I'm exploring this," Johnson said. "I haven't started fundraising and I knew that when I started fundraising and I sent out invitations saying that I'm not accepting money from real estate developers, I'm not accepting any contribution over $250, I'm not accepting money from lobbyists or any of the lobbying firms or corporate PACs that would get out there. And, instead of having it get out there, I wanted to be transparent about it, I wanted to put it out there and let New Yorkers know that I'm exploring this, it's going to be hard because I'm going to need thousands and thousands of contributions since my self-imposed limit is $250."

Johnson said the mayoral primary is 30 months away and he has to be ready for a possible bid, noting others possibly seeking the office already have vast stockpiles of money.

Johnson's first house party will likely take place in March, the Times reported.