Fernando Mateo, advocate for taxi drivers, bodega owners, launching bid for NYC mayor: report

Fernando Mateo (C) speaks during a press conference in front of the Pfizer headquarters in Manhattan on December 09, 2020 in New York City
Fernando Mateo (C) speaks during a press conference in front of the Pfizer headquarters in Manhattan on December 09, 2020 in New York City. Photo credit Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Fernando Mateo, the self-described “urban Republican” who advocates for New York City’s taxi drivers and bodega owners, will reportedly launch his bid for mayor on Wednesday.

Mateo told the New York Post, “I’m excited. I’m on the road to City Hall.”

“This is a city of immigrants. This is a city built by immigrants. I want to be their voice,” the 63-year-old said.

Mateo, who for years served as the head of the state Federation of Taxi Drivers, told the Post in December that he’d been asked to consider a run for mayor.

Mateo, who also advocates for bodega owners through his work with the Bodegas Association of America, will likely go up against Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa and financier Sara Tirschwell in the GOP primary in June.

Mateo will join a crowded mayoral field that includes New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang and ex-de Blasio officials Kathryn Garcia, Maya Wiley and Loree Sutton, among others.