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Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Former AOC Challenger, Enters Race for NYC Comptroller

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera (Twitter: @MCaruso_Cabrera)

Jan. 28, 2021 By Allie Griffin

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, who ran for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional seat last year, announced she is running for public office once again.

The Sunnyside resident and former journalist has joined the race to become the next New York City Comptroller, the city’s chief financial officer who oversees the city’s spending.

Caruso-Cabrera, a Democrat, entered the political spotlight when she waged a campaign last year against Ocasio-Cortez for the 14th Congressional District that covers most of western Queens and portions of the Bronx.

She positioned herself as a moderate but was comprehensively beaten by Ocasio-Cortez in the June primary.

Now, Caruso-Cabrera is taking a shot for a citywide position, looking to replace the term-limited Scott Stringer.

Caruso-Cabrera, a former anchor on CNBC, emphasized her past experience in financial reporting, as well as her position on the board of directors of a financial services company.

She said her focus, if elected, would be on helping underserved communities.

“I have been on the ground since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, and seen firsthand how New York City’s most underserved communities have been hit the hardest,” she said. “I am running for Comptroller to do something about it once and for all.”

The comptroller has several duties, including conducting audits of all city agencies and managing the city’s five public pension funds.

The next comptroller will take office at a time when the city is experiencing a budget shortfall and the economy is struggling.

Caruso-Cabrera said she will help New Yorkers and local businesses bounce back.

“I have spent my career asking the tough questions and investigating where the money is being spent,” she said. “In crisis after crisis that I have covered as a reporter, it has been the most underserved communities that have been left behind by politicians with vested interests. We cannot let that continue to happen here in New York City.”

Other candidates running for comptroller include State Sen. Brian Benjamin; Zachary Iscol, a former marine; Council Member Brad Lander; Terri Liftin, chief compliance officer at a private investment firm; State Sen. Kevin Parker; Reshma Patel, a Manhattan Community Board 6 member; and Queens Assembly Member David Weprin, according to the NYC Campaign Finance Board.

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Gary C.

Our new neighbor’s book, “You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government,” makes it clear what she is … and she isn’t a Democrat. A Conservative Republican masquerading as a Democrat simply isn’t viable in a city-wide election in the current political climate. She will be trounced once again in the Democratic Primary.

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Preschool Teacher

Did she give up her apartment in Sunnyside yet, the one she got as a prop when she was trying to run against AOC? Puleez! She’s a joke!

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She lost, get over it

A candidate from 4 years ago? That’s relevant to Sunnyside…how exactly? lol

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Sara Ross

Good – because the current one has always done nothing! Maybe she can find out what happened to the millions of dollars in funds and thousands of dollars in salary Chirlaine gets for helping the mentally ill. Bang up job she’s doing – NOT.

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First thing a cult does is tells its members everyone else is lying.

Sara – Obviously the money you’re accusing Chirlaine of misappropriating is on the up and up or The Trump Administration would have brought charges.

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