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Jack Hidary: Ocean Parkway native, former Dice.com CEO wants to be NYC’s next tech mayor

He co-wrote the report that led Congress to create the “Cash for Clunkers” program, and now the entrepreneur and Brooklyn native wants to be Mayor of New York.

Jack Hidary. (Courtesy photo)

He co-wrote the report that lead Congress to create the “Cash for Clunkers” program, and now the entrepreneur and Brooklyn native wants to be Mayor of New York.

Jack Hidary, 45, is not new to policy in New York City. He also worked as a main proponent to move New York taxicabs to better mileage vehicles. He has been a significant investor and advocate around energy policy, interested in education and growing the tech sector for the benefit of all of New York.

Watch Hidary talk to CNN Money in 2010

Hidary, who grew up in Ocean Parkway, says he’s a viable candidate, despite running without major party affiliation, and launched his campaign in July with the backing of $450,000 in initial fundraising, he said.

In Philadelphia, entrepreneurs have begun to think of themselves as potential civic leaders, too. As Forbes writes, even if it comes to nothing, Hidary’s candidacy is a sign:

There’s good news in this candidacy for sure. Watching NY’s Tech community start to think of itself as a political force that can marshal campaign cash, economic issues, and votes is exciting.

Companies: Dice
Series: Brooklyn

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