Monday, October 5, 2009

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand Endorse Bill Thompson for Mayor

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today endorsed Bill Thompson for Mayor during a press conference in Union Square Park. The endorsement comes on the heels of a Democratic unity event yesterday where dozens of Democratic leaders joined to show their support for change in City Hall.

The Senators cited Bill’s lifelong commitment to working families, his plans to make our city more affordable and his determination, vision and drive to tackle the biggest challenges we are facing, among the reasons why he is ready to lead New York during these difficult economic times.

Of Bill, Senator Schumer said "Bill Thompson is honest, hardworking, able to bring people together and has two traits that are a good combination in politics: he is both idealistic and pragmatic. As New York moves forward, Bill Thompson is the best mayor for the next four years for New York City."

Senator Gillbrand said “Bill Thompson has spent his life fighting for working men and women across the City. As Mayor, his passion for public service will be an extraordinary asset as he moves forward on an agenda that ensures our school children can realize their full God-given potential, small businesses can prosper, affordable housing is accessible and middle class families can thrive. Bill Thompson will be a strong voice for all New Yorkers, and I am proud to endorse him for Mayor of New York City."

For the past eight years, our Republican mayor has prioritized the wealthy, developers and Wall Street – while ignoring the needs of working families across the city. Today, the result is a 16-year high unemployment rate, a record number of homeless families sleeping on our streets, and working families leaving the city because it’s become unaffordable. Bill Thompson will be a mayor who puts City Hall back on the side of working men and women.

“It is an honor to have earned the support of Senators Gillibrand and Schumer and I look forward to working with them in the weeks leading up to the election,” said Bill Thompson. “After eight years of Republican policies that have squeezed working families right out of the city – it’s time for a change in City Hall.”

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