Harlem senator plots New York City comptroller run – Albany Times Union

State Sen. Brian Benjamin has officially dipped a toe into the New York City comptroller’s race.

The Harlem Democrat announced Thursday morning that he is exploring a run for the post, which is up for election in 2021. The move by Benjamin comes nearly a year after his Senate colleague, Brooklyn Demorat Kevin Parker, formed a campaign committee to run for the job.

His campaign focus is on agency oversight, protecting retirements and promoting pension investments that reflect the city’s values.  According to a press release, Benjamin, who was elected to the Senate in 2017, is a “former affordable-housing developer, investment advisor, community board chair, and Harvard business school graduate.” 

“As a native New Yorker, with parents who depend on pensions for their retirement, I know how important the comptroller’s job is,” Benjamin said.

” I am exploring this run because I want to protect the savings of average New Yorkers in a city that’s growing ever more expensive,” he said. “From my work in building affordable housing to my record in the Senate, I have dedicated my career to helping grow and sustain New York’s middle class.”

The Democratic primary field to replace Stringer will likely be a crowded one.