Thompson Team Shaping Up With Top Hires

NEW YORK -

Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign announced Monday the hiring of three of the top consultants in New York City politics, while padding his support from the black community with the backing of two key Assembly Democrats.

Hank Sheinkopf, formerly a close Thompson ally who joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s team in 2009 when Thompson was his Democratic opponent, is now a “senior strategist” in the former city comptroller’s campaign according to a statement from the campaign which glossed over Sheinkopf’s work in 2009.

“There was a time when he certainly was not happy with me,” Sheinkopf told Capital New York, “but there’s a larger issue involved, and the larger issue is getting him to Gracie Mansion.”

“I’m emotionally very moved that he would want me back and working with him,” added Sheinkopf, who has since become an ordained rabbi, “and I hope that I can help to make him the next mayor of the city of New York.”

Sheinkopf had previously worked on Thompson’s 2001 race for comptroller and his 2005 reelection before breaking with him in 2009.

Also joining the Thompson campaign is communications director John Collins — who once worked for two rivals, Christine Quinn and Anthony Weiner — political director Kim Ramos and Frank Thomas, who managed Rep. Kathy Hochul’s 2012 reelection bid after winning a surprise special election months earlier.

Thompson, who is black, is expected to sew up the African-American vote in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary. But taking no chances, he announced the endorsement of Assemblyman Karim Camara, the Brooklyn Democrat who heads the Legislature’s black, Hispanic and Puerto Rican Caucus; and former Manhattan Democratic chairman and longtime Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell.

“When it’s all said and done, this is the best person both to win and to govern in a manner to lead the city into the future,” Camara said.

Last week, Thompson got a scoop in the endorsement of Hispanic lawmakers, Rep. Jose Serrano and his son, state Sen. Jose Serrano Jr., both of the Bronx.

“Our campaign continues to build a strong coalition that’s reflective of our diverse city,” Thompson said.