De Blasio Accuses Stringer of 'Grandstanding'

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Comptroller Scott Stringer in East New York

One day after New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer delivered a speech critiquing City Hall, Mayor de Blasio hit back.

Stringer has proposed a so-call land bank. An analysis from his office found that vacant city lots could be developed into more than 50,000 units of affordable housing.

Speaking on the Brian Lehrer Show Friday, de Blasio said some of those lots are already being developed and others have health and safety problems.

“I think it's breathtaking how little the Comptroller understands about this issue,” said de Blasio. Then he accused the comptroller of “grandstanding.”

Stringer, a fellow Democrat, has not ruled out challenging de Blasio in 2017. A spokesman for the comptroller tweeted this in response to the mayor.