NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City mayoral candidates are back on the campaign trail Thursday after taking a break to observe the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who emerged from Tuesday’s primary election as the Democratic front-runner, was slated to receive the support Thursday of unions that had previously backed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who finished a distant third.
Late Wednesday night, the building service workers’ union, SEIU Local 32 BJ, which had previously backed Quinn, endorsed de Blasio.
Former comptroller Bill Thompson, the second-place finisher in the Democratic mayoral primary, did not release a public schedule. But Thompson vowed to stay in the race as the city’s Board of Election recounts the votes.
“I think that Bill de Blasio is over 40 percent by about 780 votes and there’s still about 16,000 paper ballots to be counted,” Thompson said earlier this week. “I want to make sure that every voice is heard, that every vote is counted.”
About 645,000 votes were cast in Tuesday’s election and on Thursday, the Board of Elections will bring back voting machines from local precincts to borough headquarters ahead of Friday’s recount.
On Monday, officials will add to the tally at least another 16,000 outstanding absentee and special ballots.
De Blasio garnered 40.3 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday. But whether he will be the Democratic nominee in the November election remains to be seen.
To avoid an Oct. 1 runoff against Thompson – who received 26 percent of …read more
Source: CBS local New York