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Thompson for Mayor

Primary Endorsements

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

As for James, this job was made for her. Public advocate is her calling. She has always fought the good fight, and with the position of public advocate, she will be able to do it not just for the constituents of her current district, but also for all those in the city of New York. She is a fighter and a good one at that. And that is why we endorse Tish James for public advocate.

MANHATTAN BOROUGH PRESIDENT

The bench for Manhattan borough president is deep, but most of the candidates are the usual run-of-the-mill politicians. Most of them have been in the game for decades and have controlled their little piece of the pie for a long time. They are business as usual and have enriched the city with their hard work and dedication, but they have not risen above that mark to go onto the next level of serving more than just their council district.

That being said, there is one candidate who does not fit that description, and that is Julie Menin.

Menin is different. She really has no reason to go into politics. She was the chair of Community Board 1 after Sept. 11 and became entrenched in the rebuilding at ground zero. She became a fighter for lower Manhattan, and as she learned and grew, she has become a fighter for all New Yorkers.

Menin has a different kind of fight in her. It is one of planning and thoughtfulness. She came to us not just with ideas and things that needed to be done, but with a plan on how to get there. She wants a master plan for New York that she believes would set us in the right direction for years to come. This plan would be one created by the office of the borough president, using the expertise that lies right inside the walls of 1 Centre St., instead of spending millions on outside consultants.

Menin has a vision, and we believe that her vision will make Manhattan a better borough; therefore, we endorse Julie Menin for Manhattan Borough President.

BRONX BOROUGH PRESIDENT

Who would not want to follow Ruben Diaz almost anywhere he wants to lead? That was the sentiment from some of the editorial board when it came to incumbent Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Diaz has faithfully served the Bronx for several years and has done so with pride and distinction. He has worked tirelessly to change the stereotype and show that the Bronx is more than what we see on TV from decades past. He wants to shift the vision of the Bronx from the bleak past that plagues our minds to the vibrant communities that attract visitors from far and near. He wants to bring recognition to not only the new Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Gardens, but to Arthur Avenue and the fine dining options the Bronx has, as well as the wonderful cultural institutions and expressive arts community to which it plays host, while at the same time creating more jobs and housing to facilitate the ever-changing and growing borough.