Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang officially jumped into the race to be the next mayor of New York City in a campaign video released Wednesday, joining a swarming group of candidates vying to lead the nation’s largest city.
Yang, a Democrat, travels around New York City in the video, which was directed by Brooklyn-born filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. He outlines proposals for the city to regain control of its metro, which is currently operated by the state Metropolitan Transportation Authority. And he calls for the creation of a universal basic income throughout the city, which was the cornerstone of his failed presidential campaign. In the program he envisions, half a million New Yorkers would receive between $ 2,000 and $ 5,000 a year, depending on the campaign.