Liberal Party Chairman Jack Olchin says the party sees Catsimatidis as an “uncommon common man.”
The former Democrat had switched parties for his attempt to make it to the 2013 general election ballot.
Bratton, 65, was commissioner from 1994 to 1996 under Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He spoke to reporters after delivering the keynote speech at a symposium on school safety at Purchase College in the New York suburbs.
The Republican joins an increasingly crowded field of GOP, Democratic and other candidates seeking to succeed the term-limited, Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
At 23 percent in the latest Quinnipiac University poll, Lhota would handily beat all other Republican challengers for the nomination. But the good news for him could stop there, according to Quinnipiac’s Maurice Carroll.
There is heavy-hitting support for MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, a man who got high marks for his handling of Sandy.
The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows City Council Speaker Christine Quinn winning the support of 29 percent of the city’s registered Democrats.