Public Advocate Bill de Blasio today joined doctors, nurses, health care workers and activists at a major rally to protest the closure of Long Island College Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced he is running for Congress.

Fox News reports:

De Blasio announced Friday that he will be seeking the Democratic nomination for the newly drawn 10th Congressional District. Rep. Jerrold Nadler occupies the seat, but has announced his plans to vacate.

“I’m very proud of having led this city out of the worst of the COVID crisis,” de Blasio told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I’m ready right now to serve and address the issues that are so deep in communities in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and I just wanted to come here, a place that I cherish, and with you who have been such good friends to tell you this is the next step and I want to serve the people of the community that is my home and that I love.”

Earlier this year, de Blasio turned down a run for New York governor, as he polled far behind Gov. Kathy Hochul in the Democratic primary.

De Blasio’s last years in office were controversial and fraught with contention on issues ranging from crime and law enforcement to his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He has been open about the bitter end of his tenure in office, claiming he made several mistakes that cost him his connection with voters.

 

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