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Thompson Faces Pressure to Bow Out

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New York City's Democratic power brokers moved quickly after Tuesday's primary to pressure second-place finisher Bill Thompson to avoid a runoff with first-place finisher Bill de Blasio. “I don’t think there’s much appetite within the Democratic Party to have a fight here,” Merryl Tisch, Thompson's campaign chair, told The New York Times. Rev. Al Sharpton also encouraged Thompson to abandon his bid. De Blasio finished election night with 40.3 percent of the vote--just over the threshold to avoid a runoff but paper ballots have yet to be tallied. Thompson has said he wants to make sure every vote is counted but the city's board of election won't begin counting paper ballots until next week. Labor groups quickly moved to consolidate their support around de Blasio on Wednesday. Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota would likely benefit from a bruising runoff battle between Thompson and de Blasio.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:59:08 +0000
Today's Lead: Cuomo Won't Endorse in Mayoral Race http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/09/05/todays-lead-cuomo-wont-endorse-in-mayoral-race http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/09/05/todays-lead-cuomo-wont-endorse-in-mayoral-race

Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters yesterday that he won't weigh in on the New York City mayoral primary after receiving multiple questions about Public Advocate and Democratic mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio's plan to raise taxes on the wealthy to fund school programs. "I am going to stay out of the New York City mayoral," Cuomo said. "Let's find out who the mayor is and what policies they actually put forth, and then let's take a look at them and consider them, and we'll have an opinion." De Blasio, who has a long relationship with Cuomo, has publically pressured Cuomo on plans to save a number of failing Brooklyn hospitals. Cuomo has avoided major appearances in the city this summer--including the West Indian Day Parade. Cuomo has held numerous events upstate and in Western New York. Some pundits see Cuomo's reluctance to engage in the race as a way for him to avoid having his name associated with the likes of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer. Cuomo told reporters yesterday that things aren't that complicated. "I'm not registered to vote in New York City, so I don't think it's a situation where it's appropriate for me to express a preference."

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:37:53 +0000
Today's Lead: De Blasio Holds Major Lead According to Polls http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/08/30/todays-lead-de-blasio-holds-major-lead-according-to-polls- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/08/30/todays-lead-de-blasio-holds-major-lead-according-to-polls-

De Blasio Holds Major Lead According to Polls

The polls have held nothing but good news for Bill de Blasio this week as the mayoral campaign heads into the final stretch to the primary. A New York Times, Siena College Poll found de Blasio leading the race by 32 percent followed by Bill Thompson with 18 percent and former frontrunner Council Speaker Christine Quinn with 17 percent. The poll found de Blasio leading other candidates among men, women young and old as well as those who think the city is headed in a positive direction and those who think it is headed in a negative direction. The poll does not hold good news for Quinn as it finds that 45 percent of likely Democratic voters view her unfavorably. De Blasio and Thompson have 17 and 16 percent unfavorability ratings, respectively. A Quinnipiac Poll released on Wednesday found de Blasio with a 38 percent lead over his opponents.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:48:26 +0000
Today's Lead: Council Showdown on Stop-And-Frisk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/22/todays-lead-council-showdown-on-stop-and-frisk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/22/todays-lead-council-showdown-on-stop-and-frisk

The City Council is scheduled to vote today on overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg's vetoes of two bills designed to restrict the New York Police Department's use of stop-and-frisk. A bill that would create an inspector general to oversee the New York Police Department is expected to be enacted today but the second measure that would increase the ability to sue the NYPD for racial profiling is less likely to become law. The second bill initially passed with 34 vote--the minimum number needed to override a veto. If one council member is convinced not to vote to override the veto will stand. Members have been targeted by Bloomberg and police unions on the issue. Council President Christine Quinn said at a mayoral debate last night that she expects both overrides to succeed.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:55:09 +0000
Today's Lead: Quinn and De Blasio Neck and Neck http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/16/todays-lead-quinn-and-de-blasio-neck-and-neck http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/16/todays-lead-quinn-and-de-blasio-neck-and-neck

Quinn and De Blasio Neck and Neck

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's momentum continues to build in the race for New York City mayor according to a new Wall Street Journal-NBC 4-Marist survey. De Blasio is now in a tie with Council Speaker Christine Quinn at 24 percent according to the poll that shows de Blasio has jumped 7 percentage points with likely voters since last month. The poll puts Bill Thompson in third with 18 percent followed by Anthony Weiner and John Liu. The poll indicates that a Democratic runoff is very likely. If no candidate reaches 40 percent in the primary a runoff is triggered. The poll shows that de Blasio who is married to a black woman and features his black son in a recent television spot has won the support of many black voters since last month.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:49:34 +0000
Today's Lead: Most Guns Used in City Crimes Are From Out of State http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/01/todays-lead-most-guns-used-in-city-crimes-are-from-out-of-state- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/01/todays-lead-most-guns-used-in-city-crimes-are-from-out-of-state-

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York Police Department say that 90 percent of all guns used in crimes in the city in 2011 came from another state. Bloomberg vowed to continue to fight the influx of out-of-state guns despite protests from lawmakers. "To those who say, 'Stay out of our state,' our answer is: We'd love to," said Bloomberg, "Just as soon as you stop letting guns seep into the black market, land in the hands of criminals and be used to murder our citizens." Bloomberg issued a list of the top out-of-state sources for guns. Virginia tops the list, followed by North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

GOTHAMVOTES: 2013 CITY COUNCIL RACES TO WATCH

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:29:11 +0000
Today's Lead: Weiner Drops in Polls http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/26/todays-lead-weiner-drops-in-polls- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/26/todays-lead-weiner-drops-in-polls-

Anthony Weiner said more dirt about his Internet sex life would come out during his mayoral campaign and boy was he right. This week the revelation that Weiner had the sort of online sexual relationships with women that led to his resignation even after he resigned from office forced the Weiner campaign into damage control. The revelations had a major impact in public opinion according to a Marist Pollthat showed his support dropping to 16 percent with his negatives at an all-time-high. Council Speaker Christine Quinn now leads the pack with 25 percent with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson at 14 percent. Weiner admitted on Thursday to having three explicit online relationships with women even after he resigned his seat in Congress. Weiner has said he will continue with his campaign.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:56:12 +0000
Today's Lead: Last-Ditch Effort For Campaign Finance Reform Fails http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/21/todays-lead-last-ditch-effort-for-campaign-finance-reform-fails- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/21/todays-lead-last-ditch-effort-for-campaign-finance-reform-fails-

Last-Ditch Effort For Campaign Finance Reform Fails in Senate

Senate Democrats tried to bring a campaign finance proposal to a votethrough a hostile amendment last night but the measure failed. Republicans ruled the amendment not germane but Democrats requested a vote of the entire chamber to rule on whether it was appropriate. Thirty legislators voted to support the amendment. Those legislators included the four members of the Independent Democratic Conference who have come under attack by advocates for not bringing campaign finance to a vote. Sen. Malcolm Smith who last caucused with the IDC voted against the amendment. Smith is currently under indictment for fraud and bribery. Sen. Ruben Diaz, who conferences with Democrats, also voted against the measure. All of the Republican conference voted against the amendment. Democrats had a press release ready blaming the Republican/IDC conference for the amendment's failure but all of the IDC did vote for the amendment.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:30:57 +0000
Today's Lead: Cuomo to Investigate the Legislature http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/20/todays-lead-cuomo-to-investigate-the-legislature- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/20/todays-lead-cuomo-to-investigate-the-legislature-

Cuomo to Investigate Legislature

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that he could not come to terms with the state legislature on campaign finance reform and anti-corruption legislation and as a result will empanel a Moreland Commission to investigate campaign finance practices at the State Board of Election. Cuomo has long threatened such a move but after a session marred by multiple indictments of sitting legislators on federal corruption charges, Cuomo pledged he is prepared to act. Cuomo said a deal with the legislature failed because he felt they wanted to police themselves. A Moreland Commission would not be able to prosecute legislators but could refer cases. "I want to restore a level of trust," said Cuomo.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:37:53 +0000
Today's Lead: Federal, State Suits Filed Against Lopez, Silver http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/07/todays-lead-federal-state-suits-filed-against-lopez-silver- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/07/todays-lead-federal-state-suits-filed-against-lopez-silver-

Two female Assembly staffers have filed federal and state lawsuits against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Assemblyman Vito Lopez. The women allege that Lopez repeatedly made unwanted sexual advances. In one case Lopez reportedly told a staffer she should have sex with a Cuomo administration official to get a housing bill passed. The lawsuits allege that Silver provided "assistance" to Lopez that allowed him to continue harassing the women. Silver came to a secret settlement with two other women who Lopez harassed and allowed Lopez to hire the two staffers who have since brought other sexual harassment claims and these two lawsuits. The incidents have shined a spotlight on the culture of sexual harassment in Albany. Lopez resigned his seat after intense pressure and facing a vote that would have expelled him. He is still likely to face over $300,000 in fines from the legislative ethics board. Silver has apologized for his handling of the incident but has brushed off calls for his resignation.


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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:10:01 +0000
Bill Thompson Doesn't Believe The Polls #NYC2013 http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/06/06/bill-thompson-doesnt-believe-the-polls-nyc2013 http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/06/06/bill-thompson-doesnt-believe-the-polls-nyc2013

Bill Thompson isn't scared by poor showings in recent polls.

In recent polls from both Quinnipiac and Marist College, the former comptroller and second-time mayoral candidate has stayed in the low double digits while former Congressman Anthony Weiner creeps up and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn tumbles downwards.

"I've yet to see the polls be particularly accurate," Thompson said. "They've been inaccurate through most of my career and many of the elections that I've seen, they've been incredibly inaccurate. This is about Sept. 10 and the primary. That'll be the great indicator."

Whether or not the polls are inaccurate, Thompson continues to shore up support from both Latino elected leaders and long-time New York political stalwarts. The latest came earlier today from former Congressman Herman Badillo.

Badillo was the first Puerto Rican to serve as Bronx borough president and as U.S. House representative. He also served as a deputy mayor to former Mayor Ed Koch. The 83-year-old joined Thompson in East Harlem today to announce his endorsement.

Badillo spoke softly but firmly in support of Thompson, calling him a uniter who can address the city's education woes. It's a far cry from 2005, when Thompson ran against Mayor Michael Bloomberg. At the time, Badillo — formerly a long-time Democrat — was a registered Republican and supported Bloomberg's campaign.

"Four years ago, he almost won to everyone's surprise," Badillo said. "This year, with additional support form other people throughout this neighborhood and with my support, I'm sure he will be able to win. I'm sure that this time he will pass Christine Quinn and all the other candidates."

Asked by a reporter why he would not support Quinn, Badillo said it was because Bloomberg failed to keep his end of the bargain.

"Because of the fact that Bloomberg, if you remember, he announced himself to be the education mayor," he said. "He forgot about his own promise. He went back on it and we haven't heard anything about education from Bloomberg over the past few years."

Badillo's endorsement comes days after Thompson gained support from Democratic fixtures Rep. Charlie Rangel and former Mayor David Dinkins. He has also benefited from endorsements from Latino politicians such as Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, state Sen. José M. Serrano and his father, Rep. José E. Serrano.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Thu, 06 Jun 2013 22:18:52 +0000
Thompson, A Backer Of NYPD IG Proposal, Gets Detectives' Union Support http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/06/06/thompson-a-backer-of-nypd-ig-proposal-gets-detectives-union-support http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/06/06/thompson-a-backer-of-nypd-ig-proposal-gets-detectives-union-support A union representing police detectives opposes legislation that would create an independent monitor to oversee the New York Police Department.

But their opposition to the proposal hasn’t stopped the union from endorsing Democrat Bill Thompson for mayor — who has said he supports the idea.

Michael Palladino, chief of the Detectives' Endowment Association, was asked by a reporter yesterday at a rally for Thompson whether the candidate’s support of the inspector general legislation weighed into the union’s decision to endorse him. “Obviously it didn’t,” Palladino replied.

Palladino is also the chairman of the Uniformed Workers of New York, which held the campaign rally to show their support for Thompson.

Thompson reiterated his support of the proposal for an independent police inspector general, as well as a modified form of stop-and-frisk.

"Stop-and-frisk — and I've said this before and I'll say it again — is a useful policing tool that's been misused and abused,” Thompson said as heads bobbed in agreement behind him.

“When you get away from the constitutional way it was determined that it should be used, then its wrong and it’s a mistake. I think if you ask a number of those in law enforcement here individuals you’ll hear that also.”

The coalition technically announced its support for the candidate last week, but came out yesterday to publicly vouch for Thompson’s positions on public safety.

In a prepared statement, Palladino praised Thompson, who has promised to add 2,000 officers to the police force.

"Bill Thompson is ready to lead our city and protect New Yorkers from day one,” he said in the statement.

The UUWNY represents more than 125,000 city and state workers across 20 unions from the city’s police, fire, sanitation, corrections and court service work forces.

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, one of the city’s most influential police unions, has yet to endorse a candidate in the race.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) Elections Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:41:20 +0000
Today's Lead: Corporate Leaders Plan Push in City Council Races http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/31/todays-lead-corporate-leaders-plan-push-in-city-council-races http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/31/todays-lead-corporate-leaders-plan-push-in-city-council-races

A group of corporate leaders and real estate executives, concerned about the departure of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, plan to spend up to $10 million in City Council races this year to make sure electeds are business friendly. The Jobs For New York political action committee will direct donations to pro-business Council candidates from both parties because the City Council has major sway over development but also because the mayoral race is so uncertain. The Council will have 21 open seats this year mostly due to term limits. Good government advocates say the group could change the way Council campaigns are run. “The entire point of a City Council race is to reflect the needs of the neighborhoods in a district,” Susan Lerner of Common Cause told The New York Times. “This undercuts the neighborhood-based nature of a district and replaces neighborhood concerns with industry concerns.”


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The Mayoral Matrix (NY World)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 31 May 2013 11:56:11 +0000
Today's Headlines: Silver Moves to Oust Lopez http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/17/todays-headlines-silver-moves-to-oust-lopez http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/17/todays-headlines-silver-moves-to-oust-lopez

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced he is moving to expel Assemblyman Vito Lopez last night. Silver, facing a firestorm of criticism for his office's handling of the Lopez sexual harassment scandal is looking to take decisive action as soon as Monday. Silver refused to expel Lopez last year as the scandal broke but stripped Lopez of his seniority and committee assignments. Now, with more criticism focused on his office following the release of the Joint Commission on Public Ethic's damning report, Silver says he plans to introduce a resolution that according to his spokesman Michael Whyland will be, "voted on Monday to ask the Ethics & Guidance Committee to consider the full JCOPE report and to recommend appropriate sanctions including expulsion of Assemblymember Lopez." Earlier Thursday Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters the Assembly shouldconsider expelling Lopez. “The reaction from the legislature should be zero tolerance,” Cuomo said. “If he doesn't resign, he should be expelled.”


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Quinn Attacks Thompson For D'Amato Cash (NY Times)

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MTA Relying on Plywood, Sandbags For Hurricane Season (Daily News)

Suit Claims City's Gifted and Talented Selection Process is Flawed (Wall Street Journal)

Hakeem Jeffries Questions Eric Holder on Stop and Frisk (DNAinfo)

NYC Unemployment Rate Hits 4-Year Low (Crain's)

Rockaways A-Train Service to be Restored This Month (Crain's)

Squadron's Consultants Say He's Got The Money Edge In Public Advocate Race (Capital)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 17 May 2013 11:35:27 +0000
Today's Lead: Leaders Shielded Lopez http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/16/todays-lead-leaders-shielded-lopez http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/16/todays-lead-leaders-shielded-lopez

The state's ethics commission issued a report yesterday that not only detailed a torrent of inappropriate behavior by Assemblyman Vito Lopez but that tore into Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and his staff for shielding the lawmaker. At one point after two women made sexual harassment complaints against Lopez the report states that Silver's office relocated the women to other positions which enabled Lopez to hire two more women who he also harassed. The report details Lopez asking a staffer to give him eye drops for pink eye, demanding staffers share hotels with them, forcing them to feel his tumors, looking for a large apartment in Albany to share with one of them and perhaps most shockingly Lopez demanded a female staffer continue massaging his hand after the woman told Lopez she was uncomfortable because she had been raped in college. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics' report was released after a special prosecutor found no criminal wrongdoing by Lopez or Silver. Lopez issued a statement saying he was under attack by people wishing to destroy him. JCOPE's report was released by the legislature after facing mounting pressure. Members of the legislature also tried to redact large swaths of the report relating to the performance of Assembly staffers during the matter. JCOPE, which has members appointed by Silver, did not authorize an investigation into the behavior of Silver and the Assembly in the matter. Yesterday, Silver's spokesman defended him in a statement and Silver renewed his call for Lopez to resign.


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Liu Returned $14G in Improper Campaign Funds (Daily News)

Judge Tosses Indictment of NYPD Cop in Shooting of Unarmed Teen (Daily News)

Judge Orders Hotel Shelters For Sandy Victims Stay Open (Wall Street Journal)

Labor Gridlocked in Mayor's Race (Crain's)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Thu, 16 May 2013 12:25:32 +0000
A Day of #NYC2013 Endorsements For Thompson, Catsimatidis and Lhota http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/05/07/a-day-of-nyc2013-endorsements-for-thompson-catsimatidis-and-lhota http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/05/07/a-day-of-nyc2013-endorsements-for-thompson-catsimatidis-and-lhota As Democratic mayoral candidates continue to court political leaders in the outer boroughs, former Comptroller Bill Thompson today secured an endorsement from one of the Bronx's most powerful Latino leaders.

Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. stood in front of City Hall alongside Thompson, touting the former comptroller's commitment to the Bronx and his track record with the community.

Díaz said Thompson has shown that when worked on "broader issues" that "there's been equity."

"There's a certain commitment," he said. "There's a heart that he has that says, 'I want to do for all New Yorkers.'"

Diaz said that he had been in talks with other Democratic candidates who vied for his endorsement, namely Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Quinn and de Blasio have already secured their own endorsements from Bronx leaders: Quinn from State Sen. Gustavo Rivera in early April and de Blasio from State Assemblyman Luis R. Sepúlveda.

Reporters at the press event asked Díaz about his thoughts on other candidates in the race, particularly the two Latino mayoral hopefuls: conservative Democrat Rev. Erick Salgado and Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrión.

Diaz's father — State Sen. Rubén Díaz Sr. — has endorsed and organized fundraisers for Salgado. The junior Diaz dismissed Salgado's campaign as an unserious one.

"We all have fathers," Diaz said with a smile. "My father's been wrong before; my father's wrong now."

Díaz also said he wished Carrión luck, but raised questions about the former Bronx Borough president's attempt to jump party lines in his bid to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"I'm a Democrat," Díaz said. "He abandoned the party. When we needed him, he left us. So I'm going to be there for Billy, who's always been there for us."

During the presser, Thompson tried to strike a diplomatic tone about the nature of endorsements.

"It doesn't have to be that others are bad to have someone support you," Thompson said. "It means they think you're the better candidates. It means, in this case, the borough president is expressing faith in my ability to lead the city."

Around the block from Thompson's event and across from the Manhattan Municipal Building, another mayoral hopeful made his own endorsement announcement.

Republican candidate John Catsimatidis said he was proud to accept the nomination of the city's Liberal Party.

"John Catsimatidis understands history and respects the power of a successful Republican-Liberal Party fusion in New York City electoral politics," said party chairman Jack Olchin in a statement today, drawing comparisons to 1940s Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.

Hours after the Catsimatidis campaign's event, fellow Republican candidate Joe Lhota made news of his own when he got the endorsement of Rep. Peter King and the Staten Island Republican Committee.

The former MTA chief said he was honored to receive King's endorsement, praising the congressman for his support for the city and counter-terrorism advocacy on a national level. King likewise celebrated Lhota, mostly for his experience in the private and public sectors.

"The city is facing serious challenges both to its public safety and economy and Joe is the only person in the race who will focus on creating jobs and keeping us safe," King wrote.

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