Bill Thompson Gets Some Blessings Before the Jewish New Year

Bill Thompson confers with Williamsburg rabbis.
Bill Thompson confers with Williamsburg rabbis.

As a yarmulke-wearing Bill Thompson showed on a muggy Monday night, the road to victory in the mayor’s race may be partially paved by men with frock coats and billowing beards.

The ex-comptroller met with some influential rabbis to earn their blessings and, more importantly, the votes they potentially carry. Nibbling on rugelach and sipping alcohol, Mr. Thompson schmoozed with five leaders from various religious sects spanning Williamsburg and Boro Park, where burgeoning Orthodox Jewish populations are looking to make a dent in next Tuesday’s election.

For much of the rest of the week, Hasidic rabbis will be praying during Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, making the night a unique opportunity for Mr. Thompson as the September 10 Democratic primary looms just one week away.

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Hasidic Power Broker Promises Bill Thompson 11,000 Votes

Bill Thompson today with Rabbi Niederman to his right.
Bill Thompson today with Rabbi Niederman to his left.

He claimed he was the 11,000-vote man.

A power broker in the Hasidic Jewish community boasted today that his endorsement would deliver more than 10,000 votes to his chosen candidate, former comptroller Bill Thompson, who is now locked in a tight mayoral race with just two weeks to go until primary day.

“People trust the leadership in the community and people understand they have been here for years,” said Rabbi David Niederman, leader of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, at a press conference this afternoon touting his support. “This community, thank God, has not only survived but really progressed over here so people believe [the leadership] made the right decision.”

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