The Future of Harlem Politics
Harlem resident Bill Thompson, the New York City Comptroller, announced his interest and candidacy in the 2009 Mayoral race. Does he have what it takes? A former Wall Streeter, ex-president of the City’s Board of Education and a committed public servant with his fingers on the pulse of the city, he has what it takes.
Thompson poses a real and credible threat to Mayor Michael Bloomberg who plans to run for a third term, after recently muscling the City Council into scrapping the term limits law. Energetic, tactical, and intelligent, Thompson has already raised more than $5 million to wage this Herculean mayoral battle. Can he win? Yes, he can.
THE YEAR AHEAD: Where will NYS Senator Bill Perkins, the first NYC politico to support Obama’s presidential bid, report to work; Albany or DC? It now seems like a foregone conclusion that Caroline Kennedy will replace Hillary Clinton as a U.S. Senator. When will the stream of allegations leveled against Congressman Charles Rangel in the news media end?
The January 3 New York Times ran a conflict of interest story about Congressman Rangel support of legislation about tax breaks legislation which would benefit uber insurer AIG, which committed $10 million to the Charles Rangel CUNY Center.
New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr.
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