In a statement to the New York Observer Bronx Borough President said the following to a question of if he is running for mayor against popular Democratic incumbent Bill de Blasio - Diaz Jr. said that he doesn’t know “right now what may or may not happen,” but he refused still to rule out the possibility.
Diaz Jr. is close with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who in his state budget may have saved the Kingsbridge National Ice Center proposal at the Kingsbridge Armory by giving more state EDC aid to the project which has been stalled in the courts. Because of the court problems and lack of financing, it had seemed that Diaz Jr.'s hallmark project to revive the Kingsbridge Armory and surrounding area had failed. Now with new state financing the KNIC project could be back on tract which would give Diaz Jr. a lift, but have him owe the governor a favor.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer has said that he would run for Mayor only if current Mayor Bill de Blasio was indicted. This could be the favor Diaz Jr. is to repay the governor by running against the mayor that the governor is said to be at odds with, and looking for a candidate to run against the mayor. There would always be the probability of a high paying state job if Diaz Jr. was to lose.