“I find them a little scary” said Eva Moskowitz about the protests she attracts. Her City Hall press conference announcing that she will not run for mayor in 2017 unsurprisingly attracted a group of 20-25 protesters to the adjacent City Hall Park. Their chants and shouts filled City Hall Plaza throughout her press conference, making it tough to hear the questions and answers.
In a stroke of good timing Moskowitz and one companion departed as the protesters chanted “hey hey, ho ho, Eva Moskowitz has got to go.” She gave them a brief wave and kept walking, headed out to Broadway and back to work.
Mayor Moskowitz? Nope, at least not in 2018. Success Academy Charter Schools founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz today announced that she will not run for mayor in 2017. Moskowitz, a former City Council member who ran for Manhattan Borough President in 2005, has long had an interest in being mayor and she’s been deeply engaged with New York City and State government in her current role. She’s been among a small group of potential 2017 mayoral candidates discussed in political circles and the press.
Moskowitz arrived early and alone, waiting for several minutes as a lectern was located and the press gathered. Once a lectern was produced and the press in place Moskowitz told her audience that she is “not running for mayor in 2017.” She dismissed any concerns about “winnability”, instead insisting that she’s idealistic and hopes to continue to have the opportunity to “dramatically change education.”