Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that he would consider moving his family and other New Yorkers who live outside of the city if he is reelected in November.
“I’ve made a decision,” he said during a televised news conference.
“I’m going to stay and do what I want to do.
If the people of New York want me to stay, I’ll stay.
I think it’s good for us.”
He said he is ready to accept a new job in a smaller, more walkable city like Brooklyn.
“There are people who can’t walk in New York City anymore,” he added.
“And they are very angry and they want a solution.
They want change.
They are very frustrated.”
The city’s subway system has been plagued by chronic problems.
In the past few years, there have been more than 1,500 deaths and more than $7 billion in repairs.
The city has been spending billions to fix subway tracks and sewers.
De Blasio, who has long said he would like to see more people move to New York, has faced criticism for his handling of the subway crisis.
In May, he announced that he was moving the city out of its $3.6 billion deal with the MTA to improve the transit system.
De Blasio has also faced calls to resign after he refused to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
He has said he will continue to make improvements and promised to make more changes.
But in his remarks on Sunday, de Blasio also reiterated his call to reduce traffic congestion.
“The city is not a car-dependent city,” he told reporters.
“It’s a transportation-dependent world.
And if we can manage congestion in our cities better, that will be a good thing.”