William Thompson

Thompson Backs de Blasio, Uniting Democrats

Some Orthodox supporters reserving judgment on general race.
09/15/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

The long and often bitter Democratic primary for mayor ended today with William Thompson, Jr., becoming the last of the key Democrats to throw his support behind frontrunner Bill de Blasio.

Thompson, left, was joined by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio at City Hall Monday as he gave up mayoral bid. Getty Images

Come November, A More Traditional New York Clash

Stark contrast of ideas seen in general election if primary frontrunners prevail, with questions about ‘60s-style’ policies.
09/10/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor/Online Editor

In the first mayoral election in 12 years with a true Republican on the ballot, November’s race is likely to shape up as the kind of liberal versus conservative clash of ideas that defined the pre-Bloomberg era.

Voters cue up at a polling station in Manhattan to choose candidates in Tuesday’s primary. Getty Images

Al D'Amato To Stump For Thompson In Crown Heights

Ex-Republican senator turned lobbyist to campaign with Democratic mayoral hopeful at Sunday rally, friends say.
09/02/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Former Republican Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, who has raised nearly $70,000 for Democrat William Thompson Jr.'s mayoral bid, will endorse Thompson and campaign for him in the Crown Heights Orthodox Jewish community on Sunday, sources tell The Jewish Week.

"It's exciting to know our good friend Sen. Al D'Amato is coming out for another good friend, whose father represented our community in the City Council," said Rabbi Jacob Goldstein, chairman of Community Board 9 in Crown Heights. He was referring to William Thompson, Sr., a now-retired poitician and judge who enjoyed strong support from Jewish Democrats.

Sen. Al D'Amato

Hikind Endorses Thompson For Mayor

Assemblyman's blessing could help swing Orthodox voting block in favor of former comptroller.
08/21/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Borough Park has given his highly coveted endorsement for mayor to former city Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr., a move that could prove decisive with Orthodox Jewish voters in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary.

Hikind appeared with Thompson outside a kosher pizza store in his district Thursday afternoon and promised his support through the general election.

Dov Hikind's endorsement of Bill Thompson could secure him a crucial block of votes. Getty Images

‘We’re Not Going Backwards On Crime’

Democrat William Thompson presents nuanced view on policing; says next chancellor must be more sympathetic to private-school needs.
08/06/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Citing strong public confidence in the city’s future, the city’s former comptroller, William C. Thompson, Jr., says it’s time for new ideas in policing that will keep crime down while easing tensions between cops and minority communities.

Mayoral candidate William Thompson said police should only watch mosques if they are “following legitimate leads.” Adam Dickter

Weiner And Liu Fervently Court Frum Vote

References to "kishkes," "Eretz Yisrael," and matzoh balls stand out at Flatbush forum.
06/06/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Naturally, all the Democrat candidates for mayor tried to score points with the mostly Orthodox audience at a debate sponsored by the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition earlier this week.

 But Anthony Weiner and Jon Liu seemed to be the most over the top in trying to connect.

John Liu, left, and Anthony Weiner, right (with Bill de Blasio in between) at Flatbush debate June 4. Adam Dickter

Mayoral Candidates Discuss Circumcision Controversy

05/29/2013 - 20:00

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn seems to stands alone among Democrat mayoral candidates in supporting the city’s effort to regulate the practice of motzeitzi b’peh.

At a mayoral forum sponsored by The Jewish Press, an Orthodox weekly in Brooklyn, five other Democrats either declined to take a stand on the issue or sided with haredi Jews trying to overturn the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s requirement that parents sign a consent form before allowing oral suction by a mohel during a circumcision.

Weiner Joins A 'Live Fire' Campaign

Despite the jokes, disgraced pol’s comeback bid puts him in second place in Democratic field.
05/27/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

In his first appearance alongside rivals vying for the Democratic mayoral nomination Tuesday, Anthony Weiner didn’t have to try to stand out in the field.

After one week in the Democratic primary, Weiner finds himself in contention with frontrunner Chrtistine Quinn. Michael Datikash
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