Updated 09/24/2009 07:52 PM
Gore Praises Mayor But Stops Short Of Re-Election Endorsement
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined former Vice President Al Gore Thursday in Queens as part of an environmental initiative to paint rooftops white.
The two teamed up at a press conference to introduce a program that will assemble volunteers to paint rooftops in Long Island City white. It's an initiative aimed at cutting energy costs.
Bloomberg has made improving the environment one of his pet projects through his PlaNYC program.
While the former vice president did not outright endorse the mayor's reelection, he did praise his leadership ability and efforts to better the city.
"I'm proud to endorse the leadership and the actions that Mayor Bloomberg has been taking for quite a long time on this issue," Gore said. "And this is just another example of that. I am a recovering politician. I'm on about step nine, so I try to stay out of the partisan races."
Across the borough, rival William Thompson, the city comptroller, greeted commuters and toured small businesses on Junction Boulevard in an attempt to try and distinguish himself from Bloomberg.
"New York City is five boroughs and it is made up of neighborhoods and the people in those neighborhoods and I think that's a big difference between the two of us," Thompson said.
A new Quinnipiac poll released Thursday shows Bloomberg leading Thompson by 16 points.