Thompson Gets Top Bronx Backing for Mayoral Bid

NEW YORK -

Bill Thompson snagged the father-son Serrano team of a congressman and a state senator, pushing his New York mayoral bid into a borough that no other candidate lays claim to.

The former city comptroller, or as Rep. Jose Serrano (D-Bronx) referred to him, “Guillermo William Billy Thompson,” was labeled someone who could bring the Hispanic community more tightly into the city fabric by the duo, according to Politicker.

“Billy Thompson is a coalition builder and he is a person who fully understands this city,” the elder Serrano said. “…Starting this afternoon, many people will begin to understand that — maybe, perhaps and surely — this is the candidacy for our community.”

Serrano’s son, state Sen. Jose Serrano, joined him in announcing the endorsement on a street corner in the Bronx.

Thompson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2009 opponent, is the sole African-American in the race. But he has been working to build a Latinos for Thompson lobby to buttress his support in a community without a major candidate in the field.

“It is very fashionably now in our country to be pro-immigration reform,” Rep. Serrano said, adding that Thompson had been with him for decades.