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Thompson Stays On Endorsement Roll, Shores Up More Latino Support

by Daniel Stein-Sayles, Jun 24, 2013

Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson’s string of endorsements after Wednesday’s nod from the United Federation of Teachers continued well into the weekend.

The former comptroller picked up support from Councilman Erik Martin Dilan, state Sen. Martin Malave Dilan and Assemblyman Rafael Espinal, as well as from police group the Dominican Officers Organization.

"I am proud to stand with Bill Thompson," Espinal said in a statement. “He’s a leader who will listen to our communities’ needs and bring people together on the issues we care about — safe streets, strong schools and good paying jobs."

Espinal himself is currently in the running to replace Councilman Dilan, who is term-limited this year.

Edward Rodriguez, president of the Dominican Officers Organization said that the group is behind Thompson largely because of his plans to add 2,000 new police officers to the force.

"He recognizes the need to nurture effective police community relations, maintain low crime rates so our citizens continue to feel safe and small businesses can grow," Rodriguez said.

These weekend endorsements follow up a growing coalition of Latino leaders supporting Thompson’s second bid for the mayorship, one that includes former Congressman Herman Badillo, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and both Congressman Jose Serrano and his son state Sen. Jose Marco Serrano.

—Daniel Stein-Sayles.

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