Fernando Mateo
Republican mayoral candidate Fernando Mateo tied Blued Lives Matter ribbons around the 9/11 memorial, May 27, 2021.
Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

A restaurateur and founding member of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, 42-year-old Upper West Sider Mateo has been a fixture in his community since the early 1990s. He founded a job placement program for incarcerated, nonviolent  first-time offenders and the “Toys for Guns” program, which eventually expanded across the country.

Mateo is no stranger to public scrutiny. The former co-owner of La Marina was under the microscope after a liquor license suspension following a bartender drug bust propelled the Inwood Park hotspot into bankruptcy, and Mateo admitted to using an unemployed woman to funnel donations to Bill de Blasio’s 2013 mayoral campaign.

Mateo seeks to expand the NYPD by 20,000 officers and place two cops on every subway platform. While he has touted his bipartisan work with de Blasio in the past, Mateo now contends that another Democratic mayor will “sink our city.

“I’m the only true Republican in this race. I voted for Trump twice,” Mateo recently told The New York Times.

Website: mateothemayor.com


THE CITY sent three multiple-choice surveys to every Democratic and Republican mayoral candidate on the ballot for the June 22 primary, starting in February. Mateo responded to our first and third surveys, containing 40 questions, but not to the second. We have filled in missing responses where possible using his public statements.

Read more about how we surveyed the candidates.