by Nick Garber, Patch Staff

HARLEM, NY — Brian Benjamin, a state senator representing Harlem, officially launched his campaign for New York City Comptroller on Thursday, rolling out a number of neighborhood endorsements and pledging to use the office to advance progressive goals.

Benjamin, a Democrat who has represented Harlem in the State Senate since 2017, first filed paperwork last fall to run for comptroller, the city's top fiscal officer.

"I will be ready on day one to zealously protect the retirements of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, and to use the position of Comptroller to advance progressive ideals of justice and equity for all," Benjamin said at Thursday's launch at Frederick Douglass Circle, referring to the comptroller's role as custodian of city pension funds.

The current comptroller, Scott Stringer, is term-limited and running for mayor.