You've never heard of Sal Albanese? It's his third time running for mayor, but the 63-year-old candidate, who is no stranger to calling out politicians on their bullshit, has generally maintained a lower profile than his fellow candidates in this race. Part of it's because Albanese is one oddly principled guy--the former city councilman from Bay Ridge refuses to take contributions from "special interests," regularly stands apart from party lines, and dropped out of the 2000 race because he didn't raise enough funds. He's also a progressive's progressive, having sponsored New York City's original living wage bill, and putting LGBT rights on his agenda long before it became acceptable to "evolve" on the issue.
Photo courtesy Sal Albanese 2013
In 2013, it seems Albanese's re-entry to politics has cast him as the mayoral race's internal auditor. On Monday, Albanese accused Christine Quinn, John Liu, Bill de Blasio of using taxpayer funds to hire political operatives for their respective campaigns in the last 18 months--a total he says comes to $1.7 million.