Yang and Garcia reap most public mayoral campaign funds

New York City mayoral aspirants Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia brought in the most money in public matching campaign funds among a crowded field of Democratic candidates, the city Campaign Finance Board said Thursday.

Former presidential contender Yang got almost $2.2 million and former city Sanitation Commissioner Garcia, who recently scored endorsements by The New York Times and Daily News, got $2.1 million in public financing, representing nearly half of the $8.8 million disbursed Thursday for the June 22 Democratic mayoral primary.

The public funds, which provide an 8-to-1 match of individual contributions from New Yorkers up to $250, are intended to help offset the influence of independent

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