The newest challenge? Making it through a week on the minimum wage pay of $7.25 an hour.
Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio and candidates for City Council, public advocate, and borough president have said they will participate in the Rising Workers challenge that requires them to live off $92 for a week.
Among the candidates who have agreed to the challenge is Councilman Stephen Levin, the incumbent running for the 33rd district in Brooklyn.
“While living on $7.25 per hour for just one week cannot come close to the reality of living without financial security for months and years at a time,” he said in an emailed statement to the Gotham Gazette, “it is still critically important that elected leaders understand how a person lives at this level of income.”
Challenge participants can spend on food and transportation for the week. Fundraising money used for campaigning can still be spent throughout the week, The Daily News reported.
City Councilman Jumanee Williams, who is up for re-election in Brooklyn’s 45th district, has also chosen to participate in the challenge, citing his desire to raise awareness for the issue.