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Reverend Floyd Flake Backs Bloomberg For Mayor

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg picked up the endorsement of one of the city's leading African-American ministers.

The Reverend Floyd Flake, seen above, announced Saturday in Jamaica, Queens that he is backing the mayor's bid for a third term.

Flake, a former Queens congressman who now leads the Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church, did not endorse Bloomberg when he first ran for mayor in 2001, but did back the mayor's re-election bid in 2005.

"The success of education in New York would not be what it is without Mayor Michael Bloomberg," said Flake.

"There are some elected officials who believe we should go back to the days of divided authority, back when no one was held accountable and we just pointed fingers," said Bloomberg. "It's hard to believe that that's the choice in this election."

Flake's support is a blow to the mayor's chief rival, City Comptroller Bill Thompson.

In a statement, Thompson's campaign downplayed the endorsement, saying, "New York City has thousands of churches, synagogues, mosques and many other houses of worship. One minister does not speak for all of them."

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