The Bronx and Queens Republican parties both endorsed advocate for taxi drivers and bodegas Fernando Mateo for mayor Wednesday.
The backing from the two GOP county committees comes days after the Staten Island Republican Party endorsed Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa for City Hall.
“Our city needs someone who is going to bring back the quality of life we deserve, restore funding to the NYPD so that our streets can be safe again, make sure we get our fair share from City Hall and bring common sense solutions to our problems. We believe Fernando Mateo is the best candidate to bring our city back stronger and better than ever,” the Queens County GOP said in a statement.
The Bronx GOP said in a statement, “In the Bronx, Republicans have made significant inroads into minority communities and especially with Hispanics. With Mateo at the top of the Republican ticket in 2021, we can replicate that success citywide and continue to expand the Republican coalition.
“Mateo brings a career of advocacy for the small business community and that is exactly what we need to turn New York City around. With Mateo on the top of the ticket, we will be best positioned to have the broadest coalition possible to take on whichever looney leftist comes out of the Democrat primary. It is the only way we can win,” the Bronx GOP said.
Mateo, a Dominican native, is the chief spokesman for Hispanics Across America, NYS Federation of Taxi Drivers and United Bodegas of America.
Mateo was thrilled about getting the dual endorsements on the same day.
“As a Hispanic immigrant and urban Republican, I know that with this nomination, we are making history. I plan to live up to this incredible honor by working to fix New York by ensuring public safety and bringing business and jobs back to our great city,” the candidate said.
Other Republican candidates in the race include financier Sara Tirschwell and retired cop Bill Pepitone, who received the Conservative Party endorsement.
More than 30 Democrats are running to replace term-limited Mayor de Blasio.
Among the contenders include city Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, former de Blasio chief legal counsel Maya Wiley, former city Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, former federal Housing Secretary and President Obama budget director Shaun Donovan, ex-Citigroup executive Ray McGuire, ex-city Veterans Affairs Director Loree Sutton and not-for-profit social services director Diana Morales.