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2009 NYC Voter Guide: Candidate Profile: William C. Thompson, Jr.




William C. Thompson, Jr. Mike Bloomberg Stephen A. Christopher Billy Talen

William C. Thompson, Jr.
[ D, WF ]

Mike Bloomberg
[ R, I, JE ]

Stephen A. Christopher
[ C ]

Billy Talen
[ G ]

Joseph L. Dobrian Jimmy  McMillan Daniel Fein Francisca Villar

Joseph L. Dobrian
[ LBT ]

Jimmy McMillan
[ RTH ]

Daniel Fein
[ SW ]

Francisca Villar
[ PSL ]

William C. Thompson, Jr.


Party enrolled in: Democratic

Occupation: New York City Comptroller

Occupational background: Public Finance

Educational background: B.A., Political Science, Tufts University

Organizational affiliations: Member, Tufts University Board of Trustees; ex-officio member-American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Queens Public Library, New York Wildlife Conservation Society and all New York City Business Improvement Districts

Prior public experience: Member & President; New York City Board of Education; Deputy Brooklyn Borough President; Congressional Chief of Staff



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1. What is the most important issue in the city you would address if elected?

As Mayor my top priority will be expanding the economy and creating jobs. I will put New Yorkers back to work by focusing on economic development in all boroughs, expanding successful industries, identifying new business opportunities and ensuring that all New Yorkers have the professional skills needed to find a well paying job. I will focus on long term solutions that ensure our communities are valued as much as Wall Street.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

There is no greater responsibility for any Mayor than to ensure that every New Yorker from every neighborhood has the opportunity to realize their dreams. As Mayor, I will:

Make New York a more affordable and livable city,

Provide every child with a quality education while respecting the important role of parents and educators,

Ensure that all New Yorkers live in a safe and healthy city,

Improve access to critical social services to help New Yorkers who have fallen on tough times.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

As a lifelong New Yorker I know our City's neighborhoods and the daily challenges facing New Yorkers from all walks of life. As New York City's top financial officer for the last seven years, I have made City government operate smarter and better. I will use my executive experience, fiscal management skills and understanding of the needs of everyday New Yorkers to guide this city forward.


(Reprinted as supplied by the candidate.)

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C = Conservative
D = Democratic
FJ = Freedom Justice
G = Green
I = Independence
JE = Jobs and Education
L = Liberal
LBT = Libertarian Party
NV = New Voice
P = Populist Party
PSL = Party for Socialism and Liberation
RTH* = Rent is Too High Party
R = Republican
SW = Socialist Workers Party
WF = Working Families

*Rent is Too Damn High was changed by the BOE to Rent is Too High after the printed Voter Guide had gone to press.