NYC Votes 2013: Bill Thompson, Jr.
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ABOUT THE CANDIDATE
Democratic candidate Bill Thompson, Jr. served as New York City Comptroller from 2002-2009. He ran for New York City mayor in 2009 against incumbent mayor Michael Bloomberg. Prior to his political career, Thompson served as president of the New York City Board of Education from 1994-2001. He is currently the Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Managing Director at Siebert, Brandford, Shank & Co. LLC.
ON THE ISSUES
On stop and frisk:
"Stop and frisk is a useful police tool but at the same point it continues to be misused and abused. I’ve made, and probably the only candidate, to make solid recommendations on how to make sure that stop and frisk no longer violates people’s constitutional rights. Everything from eliminating the quotas that go along with stop and frisk, new training for police officers, looking at results, not just stops because that’s become part of it. There are a number of things that need to be done as well as making sure that if you stop someone they’re given an explanation of why they were stopped. They’re handed something that explains that to them. All of those things would go to reform stop and frisk, and eliminate the abuses and eliminate profiling."
On increasing taxes:
"What I’d said and it was back at an ABNY speech and I was asked a direct question, when I talked about increasing the number of police officers. And I remember the person who asked the question at that point and the, what I was asked was would you increase taxes to pay for these additional police officers? And I had said under no circumstances would I increase taxes to pay for those additional police officers, but I've always said and said at the last debate that tax increases are a last resort not a first option and some of my opponents have chosen to lead with tax increases, I think that's a mistake."
On health care premiums for public employees:
"We’ll—I mean the one thing I’m not going to do is to bargain in public and I think that's always been a mistake for people to do that. I’ll sit down at the table with union leadership. We’re going to go through the books, we’re going to look at where money is and we’re going to talk about everything. But I think that that’s the way that things get best accomplished. Working together, working collaboratively and not working in public."
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