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NYC Mayoral Candidate Thompson celebrating the Purim holiday on Feb.<br />
24, 2013, with a visit at the residence of community activist Chaskel Bennett .<br />
NYC Mayoral Candidate Thompson celebrating the Purim holiday on Feb.
24, 2013, with a visit at the residence of community activist Chaskel Bennett .

New York, NY - As the 2013 Mayoral race heats up, William C. Thompson, Jr. is counting on Orthodox Jewish support to get him through the Democratic primary and into Gracie Mansion,  according to a report in The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/YqU9n0).

Thompson, Jr., who, in a recent interview with VIN News, vowed to have an open dialogue with the Orthodox community if elected mayor, has long-standing ties to the ultra-Orthodox world.

His father, William C. Thompson, Sr., served central Brooklyn neighborhoods as a state senator, a councilman, and later as a judge. Both are well-liked and respected in Orthodox circles. Thompson, Jr. is well-known in haredi communities for his involvement in helping to defuse the racial conflicts which emerged in the aftermath of the Crown Heights riots. He has also fought to provide yeshivas with access to computer and supplies, and helped ease regulations concerning bus service to religious schools.

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Video below by Stephen Farrell/The New York Times.

Like his Democratic rivals, Thompson, Jr. is banking on the good will he has built up over the years with the Orthodox community and is hoping it’s enough to earn him the confidence of some 30,000 Orthodox Jewish voters in this year’s primary. Without a major Jewish candidate in the race, Thompson, Jr. is seen by many in the Orthodox community as the next best option for the Jewish community.

“Jewish leaders want you to show up, and they want to know: ‘Does this guy get me? Does he understand who I am and what my needs are?’ And a guy like Thompson – that familiarity, that credibility – is there, without question,” said Jonathan Greenspun, a former adviser to the 2009 Bloomberg campaign.

NYC Mayoral Candidate Thompson Celebrating Purim holiday Feb. 24 2013, with a Visit at the residents of Abe Friedman, a Jewish Community leader<br />
NYC Mayoral Candidate Thompson Celebrating Purim holiday Feb. 24 2013, with a Visit at the residents of Abe Friedman, a Jewish Community leader

At a breakfast meeting with Jewish leaders held at the home of community activist and businessman Chaskel Bennett, Thompson continued to court Orthodox Jewish voters. But what makes him different than other politicians, said Bennett, is that he is a “mensch” who never asks for a political donation, whereas other elected officials are “schnorrers” who request and accept campaign contributions, but do not respond to the Orthodox Jewish needs once elected.

“There are a lot of people in the Orthodox Jewish community who feel that maybe our relationship with Gracie Mansion, with City Hall, would be a lot better had Bill won the [2009] election,” Bennett said. “Good friends are hard to find, and Bill Thompson is a friend.”


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 Feb 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM shalomke Says:

Unfortunately for Mr. Thompson, these mayoral elections will be decided at the democratic primaries, where he faces an uphill battle against Christine Quinn.

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 Feb 25, 2013 at 11:48 AM puppydogs Says:

Oy Gevalt !!!!

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 Feb 25, 2013 at 01:17 PM oberchuchem Says:

I would advise Thompson if he wants to get the Jewish votes he should campaign direct to the community.

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 Feb 25, 2013 at 02:07 PM Anonymous Says:

What he needs to do is get the black and Jewish vote in mass. We can out eat the gays supporting quinn

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 Feb 25, 2013 at 04:39 PM why Says:

can u explain why the jewish community would court and support an openly gay Christine Quinn.??its a chilul hashem to bring such a person into your home and openly campain for them

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 Feb 25, 2013 at 05:54 PM Isaac60 Says:

Mr. Thompson just got 3 votes Purim maybe not even that, or as Richard Bay would say "where do you find these people"

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 Feb 25, 2013 at 06:49 PM Quinn term limits Says:

Quinn was part of the group that campaigned overturned the term limits.

Quinn then also ran as speaker for a third term.

Look what Bloomberg did - imagine what Quinn might do.

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 Feb 25, 2013 at 06:50 PM Billionare supports Quinn Says:

According to Bloomberg - Quinn is the only serious democractic candidate.
How could Bloomberg say this if Thompson won 46% of City votes?

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 Feb 26, 2013 at 09:45 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
why Says:

can u explain why the jewish community would court and support an openly gay Christine Quinn.??its a chilul hashem to bring such a person into your home and openly campain for them

who said so?

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 Feb 26, 2013 at 04:55 PM Anonymous Says:

everybody should support Erick Salgado the only candidate who will not push through anti Torah legislation like Toevah marriage.

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 Feb 26, 2013 at 09:28 PM FullabullaRebbe Says:

Did Thompson ever pay his $594,375 sanitation fine from his last campaign?

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