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Bill Thompson

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Different Direction, Good; Stop and Frisk and Overturning Term Limits, Bad, Voters Say in Exit Poll

    An Edison Research exit poll conducted tonight is saying that 3/4 of New Yorkers want to move in a different direction from the Bloomberg years, even though 51 percent think he did a good job. The pollsters also found that 58 percent thought the stop and frisk campaign was excessive, and 66 percent ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 4, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Shira Scheindlin, Judge in Stop-and-Frisk Class Action, Issues Historic Ruling Creating Monitor of NYPD [Updated]

    In a historic ruling, a federal judge has ordered that the NYPD's stop-and-frisk practices will be overseen by an independent monitor--the first such move against the city's police department ever. Mayor Bloomberg vowed to appeal the ruling.

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Workers Swarm 42nd Street and Picket Across the City For Liveable Wages and Better Treatment

    Hard-hats and picket-signs flooded 42nd Street yesterday evening as thousands of workers and social activists from around the city gathered in solidarity to fight for better working conditions. The demonstration came on the heels of last week's Fast-Food Forward protest -- where employees at differ ... More >>

  • News

    January 12, 2011

    NYC's Computer-System Cash-Dump Disaster

    New York City threw away a mountain of cash over a new computer system. Now, finally, someone is going to pay.

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2010

    Tom DiNapoli's Appointment Logs: He's Just Too Nice a Guy

    ​Tom DiNapoli is too nice a guy. The state comptroller apparently can't say no to anyone who wants to meet with him, though he has a mixed record when it comes to delivering what his bellringers want. I've been reading half a foot of DiNapoli's appointment schedules from 2007 to now an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Museum for African Art Sued by Shaken and Scared Tenants Next Door

    Crack problem: Tenants next door to construction of Museum for African Art can feel their whole world falling apart.When Charlie Rangel, Eliot Spitzer, David Paterson and other bigwigs broke ground on Fifth Avenue for the new Museum for African Art in September 2007, they didn't know that their shov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Video: New Orleans Mayoral Candidate's "Are You Shitting Me?" Ad

    Who knows if James Perry has any chance to be elected Mayor of New Orleans? But we like his style. The executive director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center sued Ray Nagin for hiring expensive lawyers. And he has this ad going around which is like Millie Jackson meets Tyler Perr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    After the parade. Twitpic by Mzthicknflychic. Theeeee Yankees won! Doooooouuug Hoffman lost! The week was a mixed bag -- half fire, half dog poo. How 'bout them Yanks? They won one in Philly, then another, and were back home at the climax. Local merchants didn't get much out of it -- nor, Tom R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    With Thompson Done, Union People Consider Their Options

    Photo (cc) eliotwb. By Steve Patrick Ercolani. As a crowded elevator car ascended to the third floor of the Hilton on Sixth Avenue Tuesday night, a campaign aide informed former Democratic mayoral nominee Fernando Ferrer that WCBS wanted an interview. "It seems like just yesterday I was at the W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Barrett: Just How Strange and Pathetic was Bloomberg's Victory?

    ​The key question coming out of this election is whether Mike Bloomberg got the message. Can he listen to voters he'll never face again? If Bloomberg L.P took a hit like he did Tuesday, wouldn't the company take stock and make real changes? Bloomberg spent $80 million in 2005 and won by 19 p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    Twitpic by StWiltshire. The last full week of the election campaign was sorta fun -- as it should have been with Mayor Bloomberg spending $37,000 an hour on it. And it worked: the big papers endorsed him, as did another Democrat, and polls showed him way out of Bill Thompson's reach. We still su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Bloomberg Campaign Spends $37,000 an Hour for Three Weeks

    Michael "Money Bags" Bloomberg managed to spend $18.6 million on his campaign in just the past three weeks, according to campaign records released this afternoon. That's more than $37,000 an hour, or $900,000 a day! In all, he's spent more than $82 million, putting him on course to dish out more tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Mayor Thompson Could Mean "Fear of Going Out at Night" (Giuliani), "Detroit" (Bloomberg)

    The Bloomberg-Giuliani victory tour of friendly city territories began with a bang in Borough Park, where the former Mayor told the annual Legislative Breakfast of the local Jewish Community Council that if Bill Thompson were elected, the city "could very easily be taken back to the way it was with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Weekly Rallies Continue Against Bloomberg Homeless Move-Ins; Thompson Joins Fight

    When the city quietly transformed a brand-new Bronx building into an emergency homeless shelter in August, it incited a lawsuit and a blitz of rallies. Last Saturday -- the fifth in a series of Saturday protests that, organizers say, with continue up through the election -- more than two dozen an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Twitpic via DanaBoscorelli. Up, Up and Awry! The Balloon Boy and his wacky father helped keep our minds off the real world, which sucked even more than usual. In national news, the Nobel Peace Prize continued its deadly rampage across America. But don't despair, rightbloggers: President O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Mayoral Debate's Little Fibs

    ​Debates are always a great temptation for cheap shots and resume inflation and last night's match between Mike Bloomberg and Bill Thompson did not disappoint. The Times has its own tick-tock this morning of swings and misses but a couple other bits of revisionist history that caught our ear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Barrett: My Favorite Nugget from Last Night's Debate

    ​My favorite nugget from last night's mayoral debate was Mike Bloomberg's smug smile as he pronounced Joe Bruno a better majority leader of the state senate than Pedro Espada. Democrat Bill Thompson had already picked the-sometime Democrat Espada as the better of the two. By 3:12 a.m., the Po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Barrett: My Favorite Nugget from Last Night's Debate

    ​My favorite nugget from last night's mayoral debate was Mike Bloomberg's smug smile as he pronounced Joe Bruno a better majority leader of the state senate than Pedro Espada. Democrat Bill Thompson had already picked the-sometime Democrat Espada as the better of the two. By 3:12 a.m., the Po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Barrett: Bloomberg's Hypocrisy On View in Ad Slamming Thompson

    It was a sports weekend on the Barrett tube and my only companion, throughout the hours of playoff baseball, was Bill Thompson. Not his ad, of course, but the latest one Mayor Mike has on every channel endlessly about Thompson, railing about the comptroller's supposed flip-flop on a millionaire's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Primary Afternoon with Katz & Diaz

    By Steven Thrasher. Melinda Katz, Democratic nominee for comptroller, was joined by Ruben Diaz Jr. at the Parkchester 6 train exit in the Bronx. She looked somewhat tired and run down,but joked today's "been easy! I woke up at noon, watched some soap operas" between greeting commuters. The Br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Debate Cringe Moment: Katz Dumps Hevesi

    Last night's Democratic comptroller candidates' debate had a moment that made at least a few of us cringe -- and searching for the replay button to make sure we heard what we thought we heard. The moment came during the perennial "Lightning Round" - those "Yes" or "No" zingers from NY1 host Do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    We Answer New York's Ways to Beat Bloomberg With Our Own, Including Puppet Warfare, Anarchy

    ​New York magazine has a short list, based largely on the suggestions of Democratic operatives, of ways Bill Thompson could beat Mike Bloomberg in this year's mayor's race. It is a noble effort but unconvincing. Its first item, for example, is "Keep repeating 'Mayor for life, mayor for life'. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Twitpic by ethanvk. Well, our week was awful, but apparently we were in good company. Mayor Bloomberg came up with a wide-ranging, expensive transit plan including crosstown buses that would move slower than ever. He slapped back Bill Thompson's schools charges -- not convincingly to ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    NYC June Unemployment: 9.3%

    Earlier this week Bill Thompson predicted New York unemployment would get to 9.5 percent by the end of the year. He must be feeling pretty good about his chances, because the State Department of Labor has announced that city unemployment went to 9.3 percent in June. (The more dramatic, seasonally-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Bloomberg, Avella and Thompson at WFP Mayoral Forum: Some Highlights

    Last night three candidates for Mayor of New York -- Michael Bloomberg, councilmember Tony Avella, and comptroller Bill Thompson -- attended the Working Families Party Mayoral Forum at the Hotel Trades Council on West 44th Street. (We should mention that Green Party candidate Reverend Billy wanted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Yankees, Mets Tax-Free Bonds Approved

    Remember those generously-termed bonds the city wanted to give our beloved Mets and Yankees for their stadium boondoggles, about which comptroller William Thompson and some others have been complaining? Neil deMause informs us they have been approved by the Industrial Development Agency board. On th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Bill Thompson Files to Run for Mayor

    There was already a "New Yorkers for Bill Thompson" website urging us to support his mayoral bid, and he's been dropping hints and -- most significantly -- standing up to Bloomberg, but today comptroller William C. Thompson put in his papers with the Campaign Finance Board and made it official. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Thompson Denounces Yankee Stadium Deal; Assembly Subpoenas Yanks' Prez, Pinsky

    photo by Shelley Panzarella (cc) Now we're getting a little more action on Yankee Stadium. Today comptroller William Thompson denounced the "incredible mismanagement" by the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) in failing to control city costs from the construction of the new Yankee Stadium. "The ori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    Yanks Still Got Balls: Double-Dipped on Rent Break

    City comptroller (and still possible 2009 mayoral candidate) William Thompson issued his long-awaited audit today of items the Yankees deducted from their city rent for "stadium planning" costs, as allowed under the lease they got from Rudy Giuliani as a going-away present in 2001. How long-awaited? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Pol Calls Mayor "Drunk," Thompson Enlists Churches in Term Limits War

    Here's a contender for the quote of the day in the Great Term Limits War as it raged this afternoon outside City Hall: "Power is intoxicating, and he's drunk on it. It's time to get him to AA." That was Brooklyn state senator Eric Adams speaking of his Honor, the Mayor, during a press conference w ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 23, 2008

    The Backstory of the Financial Collapse

    Call it Gall Street. How else to describe an industry that applauds nearly $500 million in bonuses for executives taking an entire economy down with them?

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 3, 2007

    NY's Airports Are Worse Than Most: Report

    Delays at New York's area airports not only hurt the city's standing in the global marketplace but also pollute nearby communities, according to a report by Comptroller Bill Thompson. In a new report, “Grounded: The Impact of Mounting Flight Delays on New York City’s Economy & Environment" T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2007

    Corp v. Comptroller: Dodging the Question

    Investor-in-chief Thompson says New York City's money talks—when corporations let it. (Comptroller) What's the easiest way to make sure you don't lose a contest? Prevent it from happening, of course! According to a new report from the City Comptroller, that's exactly what several corporations ... More >>

  • News

    August 22, 2006

    Another Yankee Sweep

    How city officials snoozed while the Yanks burned public money for their new stadium

  • News

    July 18, 2006

    Yankee Lobbyists on Taxpayers' Tab

    Circling the bases: Documents reveal city paid the team's lobbyists and execs—for lobbying city and state officials

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    Strike Price Tag: About $1B

    It will take awhile to sort out, but right now the best bet is that the 60-hour transit strike cost New Yorkers about $1 billion. New York City Comptroller William Thompson had estimated that the first day of the strike was the costliest—at $400 million—because "because many people will ju ... More >>

  • News

    August 9, 2005

    Pataki's Quiet Court-Packing

    Long after he's gone, the governor's GOP judges will still be ruling

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2005

    Bill Thompson Wins!!

    He's got money, unions, endorsements, and no viable opponent—except time As the massive crowd of pols, activists, and union members crammed on to the steps of City Hall on Wednesday morning, Councilman Robert Jackson revved up the crowd with shouts of "Who's not endorsing Bill Thompson?" The a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2005

    Follow the Money, Carefully

    In his famous charge to a generation of political journalists, Deep Throat told Woodward and Bernstein to "follow the money." But where the money leads isn't always crystal clear. Take this week's announcement by city comptroller William Thompson. Thompson, who oversees the investments of the city' ... More >>

  • News

    May 25, 2004

    Snapple Town

    Deals in the Dark

  • News

    October 28, 2003

    Vote Yes for Nonpartisan Elections

    Bloomberg's Proposal Is Better Than Our Sham System

  • News

    July 29, 2003

    Billy's Boondoggle

    The Comptroller's Payroll Becomes a Political Playground

  • News

    June 3, 2003

    Prelude to a Campaign?

    Mayor Mike and Potential Foes Test Union Waters

  • News

    April 1, 2003

    Bush's Voice of America

    Pro-War Media Conglomerate Tries to Take Over New York

  • News

    September 4, 2001

    Green for Mayor

    Public Advocate Is the Best Choice

  • News

    August 28, 2001

    His Lips Were Sealed

    Thompson Failed to Warn Council of Board of Ed Overruns

  • News

    July 3, 2001
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