Scott Stringer’s Biography
Provided by the Stringer campaign
Throughout his career in public service, Scott M. Stringer has dedicated himself to building a strong middle class for New York City, taking on critical issues such as affordable housing, school overcrowding and public safety. Born and raised in New York City, Scott was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1992, representing Manhattan’s Upper West Side for 13 years. In 2006, Scott was elected Manhattan Borough President.
Over the past seven years, Scott’s transformed the Borough President’s office into a watchdog of government waste and mismanagement, issuing more than 50 reports on issues ranging from the City’s runaway outside consultant spending at the Department of Education and deficient funding for the MTA to the need for fundamental reform of the New York City Housing Authority. Scott’s probing reports have led to real change and sparked critical debate. After authoring three hard hitting reports on classroom overcrowding, Scott won commitments for new public schools in badly overcrowded neighborhoods and his analysis of the Industrial and Commercial Incentive Program’s handing out of millions of dollars in tax breaks to fast-food vendors and gas stations, helped move legislative reform of the program.
As a trustee on the approximately $44 billion New York City Employees Retirement System (NYCERS), Scott’s working to protect and grow the pension dollars of its members. He has promoted the integrity and professionalism of the pension fund, being one of the first to call for a ban on private placement agents in 2009. He has also worked to create more comprehensive risk assessment and management and further diversify pension investments to ensure the fund’s long term sustainability.
Scott was born and raised in Washington Heights where he attended local public schools and graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Scott and his wife, Elyse, live with their two sons, Maxwell and Miles, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
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