My name is Collin Slattery, and I am running for Mayor of New York City. I’m running for mayor because New York City is no longer working for the vast majority of New Yorkers. I have experienced first hand many of the problems that working class New Yorkers face every day, because I have been working class. I know what it’s like to spend 65% of your take home pay on rent. I know what it’s like to live in a bad apartment where you often find the heat or hot water off because of landlord negligence. I still live in a building where my landlord is on the 100 worst landlords list. I know what it is like to struggle to pay for food and a Metrocard.

I know this city needs to do more to help average New Yorkers, and I will make it happen.

I and my two sisters were raised by a poor single mother after our father died from leukemia when I was 10. When I was 14, we moved to New York City, and I have been here ever since. While going to Stuyvesant High School, we lived in a studio apartment, and I found myself having to lock myself in the bathroom just do to my homework. When I graduated Stuveysant in 2007, the high cost of tuition made it impossible for me to go to college.

After high school, I struggled to make ends meet. The economy was bad, and I only had a high school diploma, so it was tough to find a job that paid enough. It’s hard to live on $8.75 an hour in New York City. Some days I went hungry because I couldn’t afford to eat. I remember walking 100 blocks home from work some days because I couldn’t afford the subway fare because I didn’t get paid until the next day. I know what it’s like to try to live on a low wage job in the city and struggle to survive.

In 2010, I started a business–Taikun–while working full time at a local retailer. By 2014, the company was making enough so that I could leave my full time job and begin to run my own company full time, which I continue to do to this day.