Exclusive Interview with NYC Mayoral Candidate Fernando Mateo: ‘Democrats Destroyed Our City’
BY JOSHUA KLIEN | BREITBART | APR 25, 2021
Republican primary candidate Fernando Mateo, who is running in the upcoming New York City mayoral election, discussed his career, his views, and why he would make a successful mayor, while blasting Democrats for having “destroyed” the City That Never Sleeps.
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Friday, Mateo, who describes himself as “a very passionate person” that will bring his passion to City Hall, began by recalling his past, starting from his parents’ immigration to the U.S. in 1950 and his later adoption by a Jewish family at the age of 14.
“They were my role models. They were my everything,” he said. “They were the ones that took me out of my hood and taught me the other side of the coin.”
Attributing his values to his adoptive family, Mateo stated they were a chief influence.
“They taught me the values of hard work,” he said. “The values of believing in yourself, of integrity, and I am who I am today because of the Waxman family.”
Having been “basically nurtured” by the Jewish community, as well as taught to “survive” and “succeed,” Mateo stated that he would “never forget” what he was given.
“I am proud to say that the Jewish community is a community that I owe who I am today,” he said.
After marrying at 17 and starting his first business, Mateo described the hard work it took to create one of the most successful companies in New York City.