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DC 37 Expected To Endorse Thompson for Mayor

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sources close to Bill Thompson's campaign tell WNYC that the City's largest municipal union is expected to endorse the City Comptroller for Mayor today. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: District 37's endorsement of Thompson is a major rebuff of incumbent Mayor Bloomberg, whom it endorsed for re-election in 2005.

The union represents 125,000 City workers and 50,000 retirees. They're expected to turn out in force in an election that political strategists say may attract only one in four voters.

Relations between the Bloomberg Administration and DC 37 had been souring for awhile. The proposed layoff of thousands of union workers - including some of the City's lowest paid workers - had union brass fuming.

DC 37 chief Lillian Roberts launched an ad campaign, attacking the Bloomberg Administration for simultaneously paying billions to private contractors. The Bloomberg Administration says the union's data is flawed, but the political damage may already be done. For WNYC I am Bob Hennelly.

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