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Thompson Presents Tech Plan, De Blasio Stands By LICH, Weiner Meets With Seniors

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Some of the Democratic candidates for mayor focused on policy proposals on Monday and declined to take swipes at their opponents during a remarkably civil day on the campaign trail. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

The tech sector is on the rise in New York City and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson said Monday he he has a plan to encourage it to grow even bigger.

Thompson is proposing to offer $25,000 incentive grants to start-up companies focused on science, technology, engineering and math that open up in designated areas around the city. Businesses would have to stay put for three years to get the money.

"If we can provide tax incentives for big global companies to stay and move to Manhattan, surely small business entrepreneurs deserve a chance to enter the market as well," Thompson said.

He is also promoting a plan to improve Internet access throughout the five boroughs by assigning grades to service providers, much like the ones the city Department Of Health department gives out to restaurants. The grades would reflect the cost, speed, access and wait time for repairs.

"I think more than anything it is providing information to the public and pressure on some of those companies," Thompson said.

For Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, his focus is on the future of Long Island College Hospital in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. He has been fighting to keep the hospital open.

"People all over this city appreciate it because they want to see our leaders do something about this epidemic of hospital closures," de Blasio said.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner spent the day with, and talking about, older New Yorkers.

"This is the number of seniors who are going to be living in the city, growing by 44 percent by the year 2035," Weiner said at a campaign event.

Weiner is proposing to offer New Yorkers who care for older relatives and make less than $100,000 a year a tax benefit that he says will save them an average of $250 per year.

At a senior center in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, he was asked who he would support if he were not a candidate for mayor.

"I would look for someone who focuses like a laser beam on the middle class and those struggling to make it," Weiner said.

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