Lisa Chow is the economics reporter at WNYC. She tries to explore in her stories surprising aspects of New York’s many economies—in plain view or hidden, in neighborhoods or sectors.
New York, NY –
City Comptroller Bill Thompson made a final push before Tuesday's Democratic primary for mayor, stopping by street fairs in the Bronx and Queens yesterday.
THOMPSON: We need to say good bye adios to Mike Bloomberg. It is time we put someone in City Hall who will stand up and fight for us.
A group of volunteers and supporters cheered for him at the Jewish Heritage Street Fair in Riverdale. But some voters, including Ellen Lilienthal, didn't know who he was.
LILIENTHAL: He's running for mayor too. Yes. Oh, I didn't know. I am Democrat but i think Michael Bloomberg did a very good job.
Daniel Barnett disagrees and says he's voting for Thompson in Tuesday's primary and in the general election. But he says Thompson faces an uphill battle.
BARNETT: He may not have as much name recognition as other people or other politicians, so I think that's part of the challenge. But hopefully during the campaign he is becoming a lot more well known and hopefully well enough to motivate some people.
Thompson's opponent in Tuesday's Democrat primary is City Councilman Tony Avella, who campaigned yesterday - also in the Bronx and Queens.