On many days of the week, Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar is often found alongside Mayor Eric Adams.

Rajkumar has built a brand of being present at countless mayoral events outside her district, which includes parts of Glendale, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven. 

What You Need To Know

  • Queens Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar is said to be eyeing a potential run for New York City comptroller

  • Rajkumar is one of Mayor Eric Adams' most reliable and visible political allies. She has attended a countless number of events next to Adams, many outside her own district

  • She didn't confirm or deny a potential run to NY1, but said she has not raised any funds for a bid

  • Rajkumar would be a welcome change for Adams, who has publicly clashed with Comptroller Brad Lander over the migrant crisis and the city budget

In her signature red dress, she has become one of Adams’ most dedicated and reliable allies. 

At a community town hall in late March, Rajkumar even surprised Adams with a red cap with his signature phrase on it: “Stay focused. No distractions. And grind.”

“New York City is so important to the whole state and to the whole country. So thank you for your work,” she said to Adams.

She’s shown up at places like Fresh Kills, Staten Island, for a composting event, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, for public lockers, at City Hall to celebrate a new affordable housing project and most recently in the Bronx to celebrate the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. 

And now, she could hope to take advantage of those appearances and her political alliance with the mayor by launching a possible run for the city comptroller in 2025. 

“Showing up at citywide events cannot hurt her at all because no one knows her. No one knows anybody truthfully. They know the mayor but they don’t know who anyone else is,” Hank Sheinkopf, a veteran political consultant, said.

Though the race is more than a year out, shoring up support now could be beneficial for Rajkumar, who would have to appeal to a wide swath of voters unlike her current district. 

“They’re hard to win because no one pays attention to comptroller races. Simple, you need one issue that you can drive and can she drive the issue. And the issue can’t be defending the mayor,” Sheinkopf said. 

Rajkumar’s support for the mayor has been unwavering. 

She has been championing many of Adams’ priorities in Albany, including closing down illegal weed shops through her SMOKEOUT Act.  

In a statement to NY1, Rajkumar didn’t confirm or deny her potential bid.

“I’m honored that people are putting my name forward as a candidate for Comptroller, a job in which they believe I can excel and create positive change for our City… As a proud Indian American, I embrace the diversity that makes our City great and believe we all share a collective destiny as one City. I look forward to continuing the discussion,” the Queens assemblywoman wrote.  

It would be a welcome change for Adams. The current comptroller, Brad Lander, has served as a constant foil to many of Adams’ policies, including his approach to the migrants crisis and the city budget.

Lander seemed unfazed by the potential opponent. 

“I think being comptroller is a great job. I love being comptroller, so I can understand why other people would want to be New York City comptroller,” Lander said at an unrelated event on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, back in her actual district, Rajkumar’s borough-hopping hasn’t bothered her constituents. 

Rajkumar told NY1 she has raised no funds so far for a potential run. She also said that her closeness to the mayor is because she is willing to partner with anyone willing to advance the cause of New York’s working people.

The primary isn’t until June 2025.