Ray McGuire
Mayoral candidate Ray McGuire speaks about public safety in Times Square, May 10, 2021.
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Former Citigroup banker Ray McGuire has earned celebrity endorsements from Spike Lee and Jay-Z, and has raised over $7.4 million in private contributions from Hollywood and hedge-fund honchos. That’s allowed him to forgo the city Campaign Finance Board’s matching funds program and raise and spend more than participants can.

But the 64-year-old McGuire says his background as a Black man raised by a single mom in Dayton, Ohio, lets him empathize with the struggles of working-class New Yorkers.

“I’m as regular as it gets,” he told radio station WQHT Hot 97, recounting his journey “from the streets to the suites…. Nobody out there realer than me.”

His bid for mayor emphasizes education and opportunity, including a promise that he’ll have every child reading by the end of third grade.

McGuire maintains that his record of demanding accountability and managing billion-dollar budgets is just what the city needs to recover from the pandemic.

The Manhattan resident has been blasted as being out of touch, though, particularly after botching a New York Times editorial board question about the median house price in Brooklyn, which he guessed as “somewhere in the $80,000 to $90,000 range” — well below the median sale price of $900,000.

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