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Comptroller Thompson in Final Push for Mayoral Primary

Monday, September 14, 2009

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.

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