CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Sept. 3, 2009: Caribbean American Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke, has thrown her support to the man challenging New York`s Mayor, Mike Bloomberg for the office.
Clarke yesterday announced on the steps of City Hall that she was endorsing New York City Comptroller, Bill Thompson, in his bid to outset the two-term incumbent. Bloomberg pushed for the removal of term-limits which now allows him to seek a third term.
On Tuesday the Thompson campaign was joined by 20 Caribbean American supporters to receive the endorsement of Clarke and mark the launch of `Caribbean Americans for Thompson.`
The Thompson campaign highlighted the Democratic mayoral contender`s `Caribbean heritage` since his grandparents came to New York City from St. Kitts and Nevis in 1916.
`I stand here today with fellow proud Caribbean Americans announcing my enthusiastic support for Brooklyn`s own Bill Thompson. Bill Thompson is the best choice for New York.` said Clarke in a prepared statement.
`Bill has the knowledge and the commitment to lead our city in the right direction. He knows that now more than ever New Yorkers need quality health care, affordable housing and access to essential services that improve their quality of life. I support Bill Thompson because he will deliver what New York needs.`
On the same day, at Tropical Paradise Ballroom in Brooklyn, Caribbeans For Bloomberg hosted an event to boost support in the community for the mayor.
It came on the morning the Haitian Times, in its first political endorsement in the paper`s 10-year history, announced it was picking Bloomberg to return to the post.
In the endorsement editorial, the Haitian Times heaped praise on the mayor and called Thompson`s campaign, `lackluster.` But it did take exception to his `muscling a compliant City Council to extend term limit law to another term.`