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Elections Roundup: Thompson And CityTime; Weiner Among Jewish Voters; Quinn’s Term-Limit Burden

by Gotham Gazette Staff, Jul 01, 2013

In a front-page story in today’s paper, the Daily News finds that Democratic mayoral candidate William Thompson “ignored red flags" about the growing CityTime scandal over the eight years that he was comptroller.

"Of the 626 audits Thompson’s office conducted in his eight years as controller, none looked at CityTime," the News reports. Thompson has been touting his tenure as the city’s top financial watchdog on the campaign trail. His spokesman, John Collins, said Thompson could have done more but that others including the mayor and the city’s budget director share the responsibility. Some $500 million spent on the CityTime project disappeared, the newspaper writes.


Former Congressman Anthony Weiner may be surging ahead in the polls, but the only Jewish candidate in the mayoral race isn’t seeing a lot of support from Jewish voters.

The Forward reports that Weiner "has lower favorable ratings among Jews than he does among any other religious group, according to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC New York/Marist poll."

Last week, the Jewish Weekly took a look at whether Israeli politics may become an issue in the mayor’s race, after Weiner had a “testy exchange" about the Israeli territories.



The Wall Street Journal reports that “lingering anger" over mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s decision to back a change to city law extending term limits so that Mayor Michael Bloomberg could serve a third term is costing her support in the election.

In two dozen interviews with registered Democrats, the Journal found that “her handling of the term-limits issue led them to rule her out" of their choice in the mayoral race.

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