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New York - Thompson Gets The Nod From Sanitation And Traffic Agents Union

Published on: July 4, 2013 11:20 AM
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New York - Democratic mayoral candidate William C. Thompson Jr. picked up another endorsement yesterday from a union whose members are typically unpopular in New York City: the New York City Uniform Traffic and Sanitation Enforcement Agents.

But if Mr. Thompson was worried about the impact of such an endorsement on his campaign, he didn’t show it. Instead, he thanked the workers, according to a report in the New York Times (http://nyti.ms/14Q1CNK).

“Thank you for the work you do for the people of this city,” Mr. Thompson said at the rainy event outside City Hall. “I know it is not easy and you’ve had many struggles to overcome.”

The union’s 3,000 members include sanitation agents and workers who direct traffic at intersections.

Mr. Thompson defended the agents from the bad rap they receive for overzealous ticketing, blaming the Bloomberg administration instead.

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“I think that there is a huge difference between tickets that are issued and the people being pushed to do those tickets,” Mr. Thompson said. The agents “get caught in the middle.”


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