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Bill Thompson

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Bill Thompson Concedes The Democratic Primary Race to Bill De Blasio

    Bill Thompson ended his bid to become the Democratic nominee for mayor this morning at a press conference on the steps of City Hall. Thompson had previously said that he would wait until all votes were counted, despite De Blasio's unambiguous 40-percent-plus share of the vote. 5,000 mechanical votes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    De Blasio's Victory Spurred On By Early Embrace Of Deep Public Disaffection With Stop and Frisk

    Bill de Blasio's victory tonight in the Democratic mayoral primary caps a fairly startling turnabout in what was a most amusing and topsy-turvy race, a race which saw the sitting City Council Speaker Christine Quinn tumble from a large early lead to a fairly pedestrian third place finish. That de B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Election Night At Brownsville's Betsy Head Park

    The parents sat along the long green benches at Betsy Head Park in Brownsville, watching their sons' Pop Warner football practice. Some discussed the kids' game on Sunday--that fumble at the end of the second half changed everything! Some flipped through newspapers. Some munched on sour candy. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Mayoral Candidate Cocktails? I'll Drink to That

    What do a man under federal investigation, a Happy Meal hater, an arrested protester, a flip-flopping stop-and-frisker, and a serial sexter have in common? They're all front runners to becoming New York City mayor. With a cast like this in the polls, we had to have some In The Spirit fun. We asked t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Bill de Blasio Surges Again in Waning Days Before Democratic Mayoral Primary

    In the latest poll, Bill de Blasio has surpassed the magical 40 percent of the vote needed to avoid a runoff in the Democratic primary. His stunning surge past Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson has brought him to 43 percent of support from potential voters, up from 36 percent on Aug. 28. Thompson s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    The Teacher's Candidate: The UFT Endorses Bill Thompson for Mayor

    Made up of over 70,000 members, the United Federation of Teachers has demanded a voice in this upcoming mayoral election. President Michael Mulgrew told the Observer two weeks ago that he expected his union to sway the election; the reason why each Democratic candidate has gone above and beyond to c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    What We Talk About When Quinn Talks About "Environmental Racism"

    Another week, another opportunity for the mayoral race to turn up the volume on its candidate-baiting side-chatter. The latest dealt with a comment Christine Quinn made last Thursday, when she responded to candidate Bill Thompson's decision to support a group of Upper East Siders lobbying to overtur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2013

    Bill Thompson's Job After Last Election Poses Trouble for 2013 Mayoral Run

    Like most politicians, Bill Thompson is no stranger to the phrase "You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours." In 2009, then-Voice columnist Tom Robbins explored the connection between a $150 billion pension fund and Thompson's mayoral campaign against Bloomberg. As comptroller, Thompson used his posi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Ray Kelly, These Pollsters Like You, They Really Like You

    "Simply put, it's Ray's if he wants it." So begins a fawning May 29 analysis of a poll of 600 New Yorkers about the police commissioner's chances to win the mayoral election, written by Kellyanne Conway of The Polling Company Inc. to unnamed "Interested Parties." Is this that mystery poll we wrote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Halloran/Smith Scandal Quickly Becomes Latest Mayoral Drama For Quinn

    As you may have heard yesterday, City Councilman Dan "America's Top Heathen" Holleran is in a whole lot of trouble. Along with State Senator Malcolm Smith, the two were involved in a rigging scheme that planned to posit Smith as a Democrat switching over to the Republican side to run for Mayor of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Mayoral Hopefuls Denounce School Closings and Co-Locations at Education Forum in Harlem

    A crowd of more than a thousand students, parents and teachers packed First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem last night to hear mayoral hopefuls pitch their plans to improve the city's fractured educational system. The candidates continued to distance themselves from many of Mayor Michael Bloom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Mayoral Messiness? Candidates John Liu and Bill Thompson Do Battle With Controversies

    As the 2013 mayoral race fast approaches, details keep emerging about potential candidates -- but the info has tended to be pretty unappealing. Today, there are two news items dealing with embattled Comptroller John Liu and Bill Thompson.

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Four Expected Mayoral Candidates Endorse Grace Meng. Where is Scott Stringer?

    Assemblywoman Grace Meng, who is running for Congress in a crowded race, nabbed the endorsement today of four pols who hope to be the next mayor of New York City. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and former comptroller Bill Thompson stood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Scott Stringer Has Nothing to Say About John Liu Controversy

    John Liu's latest fundraising scandal could be a boost for expected mayoral candidate Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. But Stringer isn't talking about it. Runnin' Scared ran up to Stringer today after he testified at a City Council hearing to ask him about the latest troubles for emba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Barrett: It's no Mystery Why Bill Thompson Declared for 2013 So Early -- It's Our Fault!

    ​Bill Thompson rushed to get the word out on Tuesday that he wasn't running for senate, and that he was running for mayor four years from now. His 2013 declaration set such a record for premature expectation that NY1's Roma Torre looked confounded throughout her interview with him that night, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    This Week in the Voice

    ​Ha ha, Mike Bloomberg and Bill Thompson as Oscar and Felix! But as it's by Wayne Barrett, you know it's not a cheap joke: It's about their day jobs as Mayor and Comptroller, the funding for the Museum for African Art led by Thompson's wife, and the propriety of a candidate challenging, with h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Let's Do It Again: Bill Thompson Declares for Mayor in 2013

    ​Bill Thompson was thought to be considering a run at Kirsten Gillibrand's Senate seat, which speculation blossomed when polls showed Thompson beating her. As we've observed before, though, Gillibrand is likely to run better than she polls. Thompson seems to have figured that out, too (or h ... More >>

  • News

    January 5, 2010

    Bloomberg and Thompson: The (Really) Odd Couple

    Now it can be told: The surprising ties between the billionaire mayor and the poor slob who ran against him

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Polls: Kirsten Gillibrand Loses to Bill Thompson, Does Better in Split Field

    This morning's Quinnipiac poll showing Senator Kirsten Gillibrand trailing former Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, 41-28 percent in a prospective 2010 race is somewhat countered by the new Siena Poll, which shows her leading a "Democratic field" of Thompson, former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 10, 2009

    The Bloomberg Blowout That Wasn't

    History's richest campaign wins by a nose

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Depressing Mayoral Election Underway

    ​Perhaps wishing to avoid the long, long lines, Mike Bloomberg and Bill Thompson voted early this morning -- Thompson in Harlem, Bloomberg a few blocks from his East Side townhouse. Bloomberg is "expected to sail into his third-term" (Times), "all but certain to win a third term" (UK Guardian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Thompson Slammed for Failing to Note Anti-Semitic Comment; Bloomberg Visits Sailors, Praises America

    We re-elect the Mayor tomorrow. (Technically it's an "election," but come on.) The late hit on Bill Thompson in today's Post is that he remained silent as a radio call-in talker passed an ethnic slur. During KISS-FM's "Open Line" show, on which Thompson was a guest, one "Carl from Harlem" opined th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Barrett: On Eve of Election, Thompson Is Sued Over How He Obtained His Harlem Home

    ​On the eve of the mayoral election, Bill Thompson is suddenly facing a lawsuit that accuses him of engaging in a "blatant fraud" when he acquired his $2.1 million Harlem home in 2008. Franklyn Castro, who fought unsuccessfully to block the court-compelled sale of his restored brownstone at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2009

    Barrett: Bill Thompson Responds To Our Allegations, Sort Of

    ​A few hours after I posted yesterday's item about Bill Thompson's mysterious ties to the contractor implicated in the Deutsche Bank fire, I got an e-mail protesting the story from Ed Castell, the campaign manager for Thompson's mayoral run. My story revealed that the $180 million museum/con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Barrett: Builder Blamed In Firefighter Deaths Is Building Bill Thompson's Wife's Museum

    ​Bovis Lend Lease, the contractor whose admitted failings contributed to the deaths of two firefighters at the Deutsche Bank fire in 2007, is building the $180 million museum and condo project on Fifth Avenue spearheaded by Elsie McCabe, the wife of mayoral candidate and Comptroller Bill Thomp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Barrett: Bill Thompson Received Millions in Loans from the "Labor Bank" He's Promoted as Comptroller

    ​City comptroller and Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson and his wife Elsie McCabe received three loans totaling $1.4 million from Amalgamated Bank, which calls itself "the labor bank" and does a multi-billion dollar business with his office, the Voice has learned. McCabe is also the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Barrett: Did Bill Thompson Get Ethics Clearance for His Bad Loans?

    Photo credit: Marla Maritzer. (l to r): John Graham, Deputy Comptroller for Audits, Accountancy & Contracts and Bill Thompson. In 2008, 3797 city employees called the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board and asked for a legal opinion about a transaction--or other action--they were thinking ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    New Poll: Mayoral Election Out of Reach, Give Up

    The election is a week from tomorrow, and the final vote-discouraging polls are rolling in. Today Quinnipiac shows Mike Bloomberg up 53 to 3r percent among likely voters -- pretty much what the Marist Poll showed last week. The only question, says Quinnipiac's polling director: "Will voters see thos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Poll: Bloomberg Leads By 16 Points Among Likely Voters, 9 Among All Voters; "Other" Gaining

    Mayor Bloomberg says that when he praised opponent Bill Thompson's record as comptroller, he was just being "polite." And, like Senator Seabright Cooley in Advise and Consent, he can afford to be charitable. The latest Marist Poll shows him up 16 points on Thompson among likely voters. The new numb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    In Mayor's Race, Bloomberg, Press Continue to Beat Up Thompson

    Both Mayor Bloomberg and his opponent, Bill Thompson, are expected to march in today's Columbus Day Parade. This weekend Bloomberg also marched in the Bronx Columbus Dsy Parade and the Hispanic Day Parade; the New York Post found a couple people to criticize Thompson for not attending ("he figures h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Bloomie's Batting Average Called Into Question by Thompson

    ​By Lucy Jordan and Grace Smith City Comptroller Bill Thompson yesterday released an audit criticizing the Department of Small Business Services for its lousy record of awarding contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities. At a press conference outside City Hall, Thompson said tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Nobel Peace Prize Winner Endorses Bill Thompson

    Yeah, he said nice things about Bloomberg, too -- or rather Press Secretary Robert Gibbs did when he came out to do this thing, and he didn't even utter Thompson's name -- but in the end Bill Thompson gets to put "Endorsed by President Obama" on his website, and New York magazine gets to put "worst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Tough Thompson at City Hall Rally: "Take a Hike Mike!"

    Is public anger over term limits enough to beat Mike Bloomberg? Polls say no, but city comptroller Bill Thompson seems to think so. This morning an energized and upbeat-sounding Thompson led a cheering throng of some 200 union members and representatives on the City Hall steps as he sought to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Unions to Bloomy: Un-Happy Term Limits Birthday

    The one-year anniversary of Mike Bloomberg's term-limits flip-flop is being celebrated today by a pair of unions who chose the date to announce their endorsement of Bill Thompson for mayor -- while throwing in some tough language about the incumbent. Electricians Local Union No. 3, one of the city' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Thompson Blasts Plan to Eliminate Subway Agents, Claims Study Finds Them Helpful

    One of the ways the MTA wants to cut costs is by taking station agents out of the subways. This doesn't go over well with community groups, nor with insecure riders who find themselves on lonely platforms in the wee hours -- nor, really, with much of anyone except bean-counters. Comptroller and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Endorsement Fever! Thompson Gets a Paper, Aborn Gets Gay City, Skaller Gets Animal Activists

    ​September? How'd that happen? The local political endorsements are flying thick and fast, as are emails from operatives desiring they be publicized. Today Bill Thompson got his first newspaper endorsement -- from the Amsterdam News. Ha! Bloomberg's got two dozen of those, and the Voice is c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Water, Water, Everywhere in Mayoral Race

    This morning we learned that Bill Thompson is $1,000 delinquent on his own water bills (Post, Page four, 4"-inch deep hedline: "H2OWE trouble for Bill" ). Okay, not a huge amount of money, but such debts don't inspire confidence in a would-be mayor. Now, this afternoon, a much bigger water ball ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2009

    Thompson's Pension Pals: A Wound Waiting to be Re-Opened

    In last week's Democratic mayoral debate, feisty Queens city councilman Tony Avella managed to open one small cut over the eye of his opponent, city comptroller Bill Thompson. It was hardly a bleeder. Thompson closed it quickly. But if incumbent Mike Bloomberg takes aim at the wound, it could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Thompson, Avella Debate Absent Bloomberg, Talk Weed, Frisking

    ​Bill Thompson's poll lead over Tony Avella in the race for the Democratic Mayoral nomination is even more forbidding than Bloomberg's lead over Thompson. But Thompson and Avella sill held a debate last night for NY1, during which Thompson admitted he had, at some unspecified time in his life, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Times: Thompson's Investments Not Paying Off

    The Times finds that the city's pension fund has "consistently lagged behind many of its public pension peers" under Comptroller (and mayoral candidate) Bill Thompson. For the past seven years, four of five city pension funds earned less than the 4.5 percent median annual return for large public pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Thompson Said to Be DC 37's Choice

    Looks like Bill Thompson's getting a break in his race of mayor: Liz Benjamin says he's rumored to have the DC 37 endorsement locked up. That's the city's largest municipal workers union, whose name came up last week when the city council, like the Mayor's office, followed their example by raising ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Stung for His $1.5M, Thompson Wants Investigation of $1.5M (and More) Bloomberg Gave to Non-Profits

    Bill Thompson, the Democratic mayoral front-runner, needed to raise a quarter mil to qualify for federal matching funds at a six-to-one ratio. He didn't make it, says the New York City Campaign Finance Board. So he missed out on around $1.5 million. (His people are confident he'll qualify at the nex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Barrett on the Mayoral Race: Thompson Comes Unglued About schools, Bloomberg Tries to Paddle Him

    If the latest poll numbers are to be believed, Bill Thompson is now a real candidate for mayor. So it's time for all of us in the media to start treating him like one, and for him to start sounding like one. He hardly sounded like the measured and thoughtful man we know him to be when he called fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Thompson Audits City School Grads, Finds Some Can't Show They Met Requirements

    We expect office-holders who are challenging other office-holders to use the powers at their disposal to politick. Comptroller Bill Thompson has laid a fat shot across Mayor Bloomberg's bow by auditing the city school graduation rates which are among the Mayor's proudest achievements. He hired Erns ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2009

    Naked Cowboy to Announce for Mayor's Race Today

    We have done more than most to let you know about the New York mayoral candidates from minor parties such as the Green Party (Reverend Billy), the Rent Is Too Damn High Party (Jimmy McMillan), and the Democrats (Bill Thompson, Tony Avella). We hope to provide coverage in the near future of Libertari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Marist Poll: Voters Want Bloomberg Out, Will Vote for Bloomberg

    The latest Marist poll on the mayor's race closely follows the last one: most New Yorkers think it's time for a new mayor -- 51 percent, up from 48 percent last time -- but the overwhelming majority (73 percent) see no hope of it. Perhaps out of learned helplessness, the respondents give Bloomberg c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Thompson: City Dumping Tons of Possibly Toxic Sludge in Parks, Elsewhere in City

    The Bloomberg Administration is planning to take potentially toxic sediment dredged from New York Harbor and dump it in New York public places like the former Yankee Stadium, the Bronx terminal market, and the Brooklyn Bridge Park that runs along the East River waterfront, says Comptroller Bill Thom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Barrett: Al Sharpton Gets an Apology

    I owe Al Sharpton an apology. He was in rare form Monday night on NY1, ranting as if he had turned the clock back to his old sweat-suit days (NY1 actually ran classic footage of him in his favorite, all-black outfit). He took several runs at me during this extended interview and did manage to get on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Thompson Says DOE Overspent Madly on Ballroom Dancing, Etc.

    How did a contact for leasing Xerox machines that was supposed to cost the Department of Education one million dollars end up jumping by more than 6,700 percent? How did a company that was supposed to deliver restaurant supplies to school cafeterias for $15,000 end up billing the city more than $8 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Barrett: The Politics On Display At Bill Tatum's Funeral

    Funerals can be about politics, especially when the deceased is as influential as Bill Tatum was. The longtime owner of the Amsterdam News drew a crowd of hundreds at Riverside Church last Friday, and most of the speakers were politicians, including the minister who presided, Rev. Al Sharpton.None o ... More >>

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