There’s sufficient candidates working for mayor of New York Metropolis to subject a pro-football crew — however now one among them has some metropolis sports activities legends aiming to offer his marketing campaign a lift.
Wall Road govt Ray McGuire will announce Tuesday that his 2021 mayoral bid has help from such former New York sports activities greats as Knicks stars Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley and Giants Tremendous Bowl working again Tiki Barber, The Put up has discovered.
Becoming a member of the ability trio within the group, known as Sports activities for Ray, is Giants co-owner Laurie Tisch, former Jets offensive lineman Willie Colon and present highschool basketball coaches Joe Arbitello and Joe Lods.
“Ray’s not making an attempt to win over the one %,” mentioned Colon, a Bronx native. “He’s making an attempt to win over, and actually assist and combat for these in my group and New York Metropolis as an entire.
“Not one man could make a distinction, however a gaggle of people who find themselves like-minded and have the desire and tenacity to do one thing, you possibly can actually transfer mountains.”
The group penned a letter explaining why they help McGuire, saying they imagine the Democratic candidate can rebuild town and convey everybody collectively.
“The pandemic has utterly upended our lives, disrupted our routines, and made us query the longer term,” reads the letter. “Even in these darkish moments sports activities throughout the spectrum have been a unifier, whether or not it’s the socially distant gymnastics competitions or gathering with shut family members to observe your favourite NY crew win huge.
“We would like a unifier in Metropolis Corridor who understands this trade, its significance to New Yorkers, an individual with a plan knowledgeable by expertise, and the relationships to ship outcomes.”
Members of the coalition shall be immediately concerned within the marketing campaign. Some will work in advising the coverage groups. Others will assist with direct voter engagement that would vary from telephone banking to sending textual content messages to attending occasions or talking on behalf of McGuire and his marketing campaign. There’s already a digital occasion deliberate for March 8 that may embody Ewing and Barber, known as “Ray of Hope: A Dialog with Sports activities Legends.”
“To have this type of coalition assembled for one candidate throughout a main is extraordinary, but it surely reveals the attain that Ray has, the circles of associates, supporters and allies he’ll name upon to steer the comeback [of the city],” mentioned Basil Smikle Jr., McGuire’s marketing campaign supervisor.
He added of Sports activities For Ray: “Simply utilizing their voice [will be important]. These are recognized and essential New York Metropolis figures and leaders.”
This gained’t be McGuire’s first spherical of superstar endorsements, the longtime finance man introduced his candidacy in a December video narrated by filmmaker Spike Lee.
The Harvard College-educated McGuire, 63, who left his job as a vice chairman at Citigroup final October, has eschewed town’s matching funds applications, so he’ll have the ability to take bigger donations.