Andrew Yang Joins Race for New York City Mayor

Andrew Yang, pictured on Aug. 20, joins one of the most crowded candidate fields for New York City mayor in years. PHOTO: DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION COMMITTEE

Campaign video outlines proposals for city to take back control of subway, calls for a citywide universal basic income

Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang officially jumped into the race to be New York City’s next mayor in a campaign video released Wednesday, joining a crowded field of candidates vying to lead the nation’s largest city.

Mr. Yang, a Democrat, travels around New York City in the video, which was directed by Brooklyn-born filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. He outlines proposals for the city to take back control of its subway, which is currently operated by the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority. And he calls for the creation of a citywide universal basic income, which was a cornerstone of his unsuccessful presidential campaign. In the program he envisions, half a million New Yorkers would receive $2,000 to $5,000 a year, according to the campaign.

Mr. Yang is expected to hold a press conference about his campaign Thursday, according to his campaign.

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