CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Nov. 3, 2009: New York City Comptroller William `Bill` Thompson, whose grandparents were migrants from St. Kitts and Nevis, is hoping for a miracle today as New Yorkers go to the polls to elect a mayor.
Democrat Thompson is betting on New York City voters today who are pissed off with incumbent Mayor Michael Bloomberg`s move to extend term limits so he can run again or by his obscene campaign spending during the run-up to the election.
In the Caribbean American community of New York City, it is unclear what the turn out will be like today. But both candidates have been able to secure support among varied so-called leaders in the community.
Thompson has been able to garner some Caribbean support, in the form of Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and some 20 others while Bloomberg has been able to secure the support of The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce, the West Indian American Carnival Association and a number of clergy in the Brooklyn Caribbean community.
Both organizations have benefited from funding by the mayor, who is running on the Republican and Independent tickets, so the support was not surprising. This even as Democratic Congresswoman Clarke, who along with her mother led a walk-through Brooklyn rally Saturday, insists, `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.`
What is clear is that despite the split support, there is a lack of enthusiasm among the grassroots voting public for both candidates in the mayoral election. New Jersey`s John Corzine and John Christy has received more interest than the NYC mayoral race, despite the millions spent by camp Bloomberg.
However, the political pundits are placing their bets on a Bloomberg third term today, with polls showing the billionaire incumbent widening his double-digit lead over Thompson by 12 points as of yesterday. But for the diehard Thompson supporters, The Quinnipiac University poll has found he is narrowing the distance between himself Bloomberg with ten percent of voters remaining undecided.
At day`s end today it may come down to heritage and race with White voters saying they are going overwhelmingly for Bloomberg, 66 to 24 percent, while black voters overwhelmingly back Thompson, 62 to 23 percent. Could the city see its second black mayor with Caribbean roots? We`ll have to wait and see.
OTHER RACES TODAY
Meanwhile, New York voters are reminded that a number of other seats are up for grabs today, including the seat of comptroller, public advocate and a number of city council spots. In the Caribbean community of Brooklyn, Jumane Williams, who upset Councilman Kendall Stewart in the September primary, is again facing Stewart on the ballot with the Vincentian lawmaker running this time on the independent ticket.