NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has made it official — she is running for mayor.
The council speaker formally hit the campaign trail Sunday morning with a walking tour across the five boroughs that began in Inwood.READ MORE: Must-See Video: NYPD Officer Rescues Driver From Burning Car In Bronx
Quinn has ties to Inwood, where she said her Irish immigrant grandparents settled when they arrived in New York.
As CBS 2’s Amy Dardashtian reported, she made her official announcement in front of the church in Inwood where her parents married, with her own wife Kim standing beside her.
“Today, I am officially announcing that I’m running to be the mayor of the great city of New York,” she said.
During the walking tour that followed, Quinn underscored key points of her campaign.
“The middle class is squeezed in New York but I know I’m the best person working with all of New York’s 8.4 million people to make this happen,” Quinn said on the first leg of the walk-and-talk tour. “I need to go out there today and every day and prove to New Yorkers that I can be the best person to work with them.”
Quinn finally announced what many had speculated was inevitable in a five-minute-long video posted on her Twitter account.
“Today I’m announcing, making it official, that I’m running for mayor of the city of New York,” Quinn said in the video. “I’m running for mayor because I love this city. It is the greatest place in the world.”
The video was posted to Twitter at 8 a.m. on Sunday.
WATCH THE ANNOUNCEMENT HERE:
Quinn touted her record in the video, noting she has passed seven on-time budgets and has worked with Mayor Michael Bloomberg to enact measures to protect a woman’s right to choose, among other issues.
“I’m about keeping New York City a place for the middle class to live and grow and a place that’s going to help all of those hard-working people get into the middle class,” Quinn said in the online video.