Mayoral candidate and former City Comptroller William Thompson went on a marathon tour of the city Thursday, beginning his campaign blitz at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and planning to end Friday morning at a Harlem subway stop. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
If political campaigns are like marathons, William Thompson, it seems, is building up his endurance.
His 24-hour, nonstop five-borough tour kicked off on Staten Island Thursday morning, where he greeted early-morning commuters. Then came the Bronx, where he visited a senior center bearing gifts, and later visited small businesses along White Plains Road, including a bakery, barber shop and a record store, where he picked up some music. All the while, he projected confidence in his candidacy.
"I'm not running to be the next mayor of the city of New York," Thompson told a group of voters. "I am going to be the next mayor of New York City with your help."
Later, it was on to downtown Brooklyn, where he visited the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and was met by his supporters in the city teachers' union, who are helping conduct outreach, and whose assistance could be critical come primary day.
Thompson, despite nearly unseating Mayor Michael Bloomberg four years ago, trails better known candidates Christine Quinn and Anthony Weiner in name recognition. He sees this tour as a chance to began re-introducing himself to voters.
"I think in a lot of ways, it's just reminding people that I was the former comptroller of the city of New York, the former president of the New York City Board of Education, the best qualified person to be the next mayor of this city of New York," Thompson said. "All of that together, as well as the other person that took on Mike Bloomberg in 2009 and fought for the people of this city."
The evening leg of Thompson's marathon tour featured a campaign stop in the Laurelton section of Queens for a campaign forum, as well as a stop in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, at a sound stage where film production is taking place.
Events were expected to continue throughout the wee hours, and were expected to culminate with a campaign stop at a subway station in Harlem at about 8 a.m. Friday morning.