Bill Thompson Supporters Start to Jump Ship

A man holds up a Thompson poster on Election Day. (Photo: Getty)
A man holds up a Thompson poster on Election Day. (Photo: Getty)

Even Bill Thompson’s supporters are now saying publicly that it’s time for him to end his campaign and rally behind Bill de Blasio as the Democratic Party’s nominee for mayor.

“In an election year with so many tough decisions on crucial issues, we must begin a new chapter today by uniting behind our Democratic nominee for New York City’s next mayor,” Assemblyman Walter Mosley, a former Thompson endorser, announced in a statement this afternoon. “I am proud to support Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.”

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The New York Observer Endorses in Citywide Contests

New York Observer logoWith primary Election Day exactly a week away, The New York Observer‘s editorial board has weighed in on the three citywide races: mayor, comptroller and public advocate.

For the mayor’s race at the top of the ticket, the board has endorsed former Comptroller Bill Thompson in the Democratic primary and former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota as the Republican nominee.

The board also weighed in on the two other city primaries. In the high-profile race to become the city’s next comptroller, the board backed Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. For public advocate, they supported State Senator Daniel Squadron. Both are Democrats.

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Liz Krueger Endorses Bill de Blasio

Liz Krueger. (Photo: Getty)
Liz Krueger. (Photo: Getty)

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign received a boost this morning in the form of State Senator Liz Krueger’s official support.

“I know all of the candidates and I’ve been … listening to their vision for where they want to take the City of New York if they were to win,” she told Politicker, citing affordable housing and education. “I find myself–on topic after topic–being most consistently in agreement with Bill de Blasio.”

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RWDSU Rolls Out More Endorsements

RWDSU's logo. (Photo: Facebook)
RWDSU’s logo. (Photo: Facebook)

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, a relatively modest-sized but politically aggressive union, has announced more endorsements for the 2013 election cycle.

The support, which spans City Council races across the five boroughs, was given to a mixture of incumbents and open-seat contenders, and includes candidates who have amassed large labor coalitions like Austin Shafran in Queens and less establishment-oriented hopefuls like John Mancuso in Staten Island. All are Democrats.

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Tish James Adds UFCW to Endorsement Pile

Tish James. (Photo: Facebook)
Tish James. (Photo: Facebook)

After receiving nods from all but one of the city’s major unions thus far, Brooklyn Councilwoman Tish James public advocate campaign is continuing to roll out other notable labor endorsements.

Yesterday, Ms. James scored District Council 37, the city’s largest municipal workers’ union, and today, she’s adding UFCW Local 1500, which represents the city’s grocery store workers.

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Sources Say John Liu to Get District Council 37’s Nod

John Liu. (Photo: Getty)
John Liu. (Photo: Getty)

Comptroller John Liu’s mayoral campaign will get the official endorsement from District Council 37, the public employees union with the largest membership in New York City, according to multiple sources familiar with the group’s vote this evening.

Although Politicker’s sources wished to remain anonymous in order to speak freely, a Twitter account claiming to belong to the president of Local 374/DC37 announced the news 30 minutes ago as well.

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Transport Workers Endorse in City Council Races

TWU Local 100's logo. (Photo: Facebook)
TWU Local 100’s logo. (Photo: Facebook)

As the campaign season rumbles towards the September 10 primary date, unions are placing their thumb on the scale in an attempt to elect candidates sympathetic to their interests. Accordingly, the Transport Workers Union Local 100, comprising 38,000 bus and subway employees, released a  wide range of endorsements today for City Council races across the five boroughs.

“TWU Local 100 is proud to announce our support for candidates who are the strongest Public Transportation and Labor candidates in their respective races,” union president John Samuelsen said in a statement. Continue reading “Transport Workers Endorse in City Council Races”