Manhattan Democratic Sen. Brian Benjamin announced he had filed for an exploratory bid for New York City comptroller.

The filing, first reported by The Daily News, comes as incumbent Scott Stringer is term limited from running again and is widely considered to be a candidate for mayor in 2021.

“As a native New Yorker, with parents who depend on pensions for their retirement, I know how important the Comptroller’s job is,” Benjamin said.

“I am exploring this run because I want to protect the savings of average New Yorkers in a city that’s growing ever more expensive. From my work in building affordable housing to my record in the Senate, I have dedicated my career to helping grow and sustain New York’s middle class.”

Benjamin was first elected to his Manhattan Senate seat in 2017.