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Thompson for Mayor

Primary Endorsements

Amsterdam News Editorial Board | 8/1/2013, 10:28 a.m.

Four years ago, Bill Thompson came within inches of being only the second African-American in history to be elected mayor of this city. He was outspent by Mayor Michael Bloomberg by over a 10-1 ratio, yet he nearly won what many people expected to be a landslide race. He did this by focusing on the issues, the things that matter to everyday New Yorkers. And today, as he is running again for the mayoralty, we are reminded of what he has done for New York as president of the Department of Education, as City Comptroller and as a New Yorker, born and raised.

Thompson brings experience, maturity and thoughtfulness to this race. He understands the issues that plague our community like no other who is running at this time. He understands what it means to be a Black man in New York and what it means to raise Black children in a place that is not always friendly. As a politician, he knows that being Black is not a reason to vote for him, but he also knows that as a politician, he can’t “be afraid to be Black,” because if he is afraid to stand for what is right in the community, he ultimately stands for nothing.

While some have questioned his stance on stop-and-frisk, he is clear that his position has never changed. As it was then, it is now. Stop-and-frisk is a tool used by police departments to fight crime. Under the Bloomberg-Ray Kelly era, it has become a policy that has been abused, and as a result, it has victimized our community. While he is not against using stop-and-frisk as a tool, he believes that when quotas are set and policies enacted around it, it makes for very bad policing and wreaks havoc on police-community relations.

Because of his superior experience, deep understanding of the issues and lifelong commitment to New York City, we endorse Bill Thompson for mayor.

P.S. On the topic of Anthony Weiner, we at the Amsterdam News believe that in the best interest of this city and all of our communties that Weiner remove himself from this race and let the voters and the media focus on the issues at hand and not the personal failures of one candidate.

CITY COMPTROLLER

Scott Stringer had a cakewalk for the job of city comptroller until just a few short weeks ago when former Gov. Eliot Spitzer decided to throw his hat in the race. Quickly, Stringer became the underdog, with Spitzer’s name recognition alone bringing him to the lead.

But this race is so much more than name recognition. In addition to the fact that Spitzer engaged in activities that are more than questionable, we also know that he does not know how to play well with others. The unions hate him. Wall Street hates him. He says that fosters independence, but when you are working with pension funds and having to deal with 56 trustees, independence does not count for much. You can’t get anything done when a whole bunch of people abhor you. Spitzer is self-aggrandizing and a self-serving latecomer only interested in public service to the extent to which he is able to put salve on his personal wounds, and possibly use a victory as a stepping stone to another political plateau.