NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — City Comptroller Scott Stringer is often mentioned as a possible primary opponent in next year’s mayoral race, and he turned his rhetoric up a notch on Tuesday.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported Stringer, usually guarded in his criticism of the mayor, let the administration have it at a news conference of community groups.

The groups are vowing to battle gun violence in June, but have been complaining that they have not been able to get a meeting at City Hall for four years to discuss funding.

“And I just want to say to every community-based organization represented today that this government is letting you down because we are serving as a roadblock for the work that you have to do,” Stringer said.

Then, Stringer stunned community group leaders – announcing an immediate gathering in his office.

“It’s not going to take four years,” Stringer said. “We’re meeting tomorrow. Are you coming?”

In a hypothetical mayoral race, Stringer and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams would trail de Blasio by just a single percentage point. They have chosen not to issue public comment so far about running.

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