Thursday, July 9, 2009

Dear Rafael,

Within hours of our Mayoral Forum, we got the following message from one of our members:

"Only within the WFP would people like me have front row seats and get to ask the questions at an event like this!"

Last Thursday night, Mayoral Bloomberg, Comptroller Thompson, and Councilman Tony Avella appeared at the Working Families Mayoral Forum - the first open forum with all three candidates this year. Our members asked the tough questions, and got some very revealing answers. If you missed the live webcast - you can watch the highlights or even the entire forum here:

Watch the Mayoral Forum Highlights

Thousands of WFP supporters helped pick the Forum's topics. We asked each candidate seeking the WFP's endorsement questions about development, affordable housing, education, homelessness, and more.

Here are some highlights:

Mayor Bloomberg on paid sick days: "We don't want people who are sick and contagious to go to work…I certainly think people should be able to take a day off."

On campaign spending:
"I've made every dime that I have…I've used my money only to talk about what I would do and what I have done. There's nothing wrong with that as far as I can see."

Comptroller Thompson on why he's running for mayor: "It is time to put New York City and City Hall back in the hands of small businesses, back in the hands of middle and working class families and individuals, back in the hands of parents and educators..."

Councilmember Avella on development: "We're going to set up a system from the bottom up, so that people in their own neighborhood can start to do some real planning."

Watch the highlight reel - or even the whole forum - and hear the candidates answering directly to working people.

The next Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, and the new crop of City Councilmembers will have a profound impact on the future of our city. Working Families wants you to have an impact on who wins these elections. Government can be a powerful force for good in this country - but it won't happen if we don't organize.

Watch the video, then share it with friends and family who are interested in the future of New York City:


Charles Lenchner
Online Organizer, WFP

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