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Mayoral Candidates Eagerly Await UFT Endorsement

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The much-anticipated endorsement from the United Federation of Teachers in the mayor's race will be made Wednesday, as Democratic candidates continue to receive other endorsements. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.

It's that time of year again, when those hoping to graduate to the city's top job are hoping to be the teachers' pet. That is, the city teachers union, the United Federation of Teachers, will make its much sought-after endorsement Wednesday.

Former City Comptroller William Thompson, whose mother was a schoolteacher, is widely considered the front-runner.

"To have the support of the teachers' union would mean a little extra-special thing to me, given the fact that she was a UFT member," Thompson said.

On Tuesday, Thompson addressed graduates of Fedcap, a job training program for the disadvantaged. He also announced the endorsement of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, which represents principals.

NY1 will carry the UFT's endorsement live at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Also on Tuesday, Democrat rival John Liu announced the endorsements of two small building trades unions, while the Working Families Party signaled it is unlikely to endorse in the Democratic primary, a potential blow to labor-friendly candidate Bill de Blasio.

Anthony Weiner, meanwhile, spoke to Upper West Side business owners about his ideas for boosting small business. As the Democrat with perhaps the least institutional support, he suggested his rivals are too focused on endorsements.

"I haven't tried to round up constituencies, I haven't tried to line up endorsements. I've been in places like this, talking about ideas," Weiner said. "And I'm going to keep doing that because I think I'm getting rewarded for doing that by the voters and by the citizens of New York."

Candidates are also prepping for a televised debate Wednesday night on Latino issues. Hosted by NY1, NY1 Noticias and the Latino Institute, the 90-minute debate at Hunter College will feature the seven Democrats running for mayor and begins at 7 p.m. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP