Former ‘RHONY’ cast member Barbara Kavovit wants to run for mayor of NYC
Barbara Kavovit could be the next reality star-turned-politician.
The former “Real Housewives of New York” cast member, 54, is “strongly considering” running for mayor of New York City, she exclusively told Page Six. The Evergreen Construction CEO already has a campaign manager helping her behind-the-scenes and is ready to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio come next year.
“Well, I have to say, if Donald Trump could be President of the United States, I can be Mayor of New York City,” she told us. “You know, I’m a builder. I know how to build. I know how to rebuild.”
Currently, Kavovit’s company is demolishing and rebuilding Harvey Weinstein’s former New York City offices.
Kavovit has not had any political aspirations prior to her decision to pursue the campaign as a “tough Democrat,” but after she began to feel “unsafe on the street,” she decided she wanted to make a difference.
“Number one is rebuild a safer and more inclusive New York City,” she said of the platform she wants to run on. “So I feel like the city is not a safe place. So if it’s not safe, people don’t want to come to New York City. People don’t want to stay in New York City.”
She continued, “I think housing is not being addressed, for instance, for housing, one of the first things I would do is build more affordable housing. And with that, I wouldn’t only build more affordable housing, but I would create an ownership program so that whoever is in the housing, they have a responsibility to where they live.”
Kavovit’s stance on crime is tougher, as she told us: “If you are stealing granny’s pocketbook, you’re going to jail. If there’s not enough jails, I’m going to build another jail.”
“I’m a Democrat, but I’m a tough Democrat,” she pronounced. “I’m not going to stand for crime. I am going to help businesses. I am going to promote a safer New York City, very structured, so people feel comfortable about being here, so they want to have their business here. So they want to go on the subway and go to work.”
“It’s the toughest city in the world, but the person that’s running it is not tough,” she concluded. “We need a tough advocate, a tough mayor, a tough infrastructure, tough people that are surrounding the mayor. And he doesn’t have that. And we need that.”
And of course, Kavovit is not a stranger to shattering glass ceilings in male-dominated fields. Of the political world, she affirmed, “They need a woman in office!”
The New York City mayoral election will be held in November 2021. De Blasio is unable to run again due to term limits.
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