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September 3, 2009: Vol. 1, No. 6
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Caribbean Life endorses Thompson in Democratic Primary

101,000-circulation citywide newspaper also backs Liu for Comptroller, DeBlasio for Public Advocate; Selects preferred candidates in several City Council races


Caribbean Life, a 101,000 circulation newspaper published by Community Newspaper Group, today endorsed — in the Democratic primary election — William Thompson for mayor, John Liu for comptroller, and Bill de Blasio for public advocate

The newspaper also endorsed candidates in five contested City Council races in Brooklyn that are of particular interest to the borough’s Caribbean-American communities.

In most races, winning the Democratic primary on Tuesday, Sept. 15, will be tantamount to election — but not in the race for mayor, where the winning Democrat will face Mike Bloomberg, a powerful incumbent, in November. After the Democratic primary, the newspaper will choose between the Democratic nominee and Bloomberg when it makes an endorsement for November.

Caribbean Life said it preferred Thompson for the Democratic mayoral nomination “primarily because of his superb watchdog role on government spending, his stellar stewardship of the city’s pension funds and his plan to give parents a more meaningful role in public education reform.”

The newspaper termed all four Comptroller hopefuls “very strong candidates,” but it preferred Liu, “a former actuary for a major accounting firm, with extensive experience overseeing the books of the MTA.”

Caribbean Life’s nod in the Public Advocate race “goes to de Blasio because of his unwavering advocacy for disadvantaged New Yorkers on issues such as affordable housing, education and health care.”

Here are Caribbean Life’s endorsements in Brooklyn City Council races:

District 35 (Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, parts of Crown Heights, Prospect Heights and Bedford Stuyvesant): Letitia James — “a tireless advocate for change and a fighter in the mode of her predecessor, James Davis, not only for her constituents but for embattled city residents.”

District 40 (Flatbush, East Flatbush, parts of Crown Heights, Ditmas Park, Prospect-Lefferts and Kensington): Rock Hackshaw — “who promises to bring his activist role to resolving issues of education, and crime, and seeking more sweeping powers for the Civilian Complaints Review Board.”

District 41 (parts of Bedford Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill-Brownsville and East Flatbush): Tulani Kinard — “who has pledged to push for a reduction in the high rate of asthma in her district caused by the environment, and vowed to institute a green campaign. Kinard also says she will seek to institute more programs aimed at the young, who are often both the victims and perpetrators of violent crime.”

District 42 (parts of East New York, Brownsville, East Flatbush and Canarsie): Charles Barron — “a lifelong advocate for justice, with an enduring passion in the fight for the poor and disenfranchised.”

District 45 (Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, parts of Carnarsie and Midwood): Sam Taitt — “whose plan for a federal credit union for the district will provide the greatest good for the greatest number, at this time of national economic stress.”

Caribbean Life’s endorsements followed 20 political debates and forums hosted by Community Newspaper Group, most of which can be viewed at CNG’s BoroPolitics.com Web site.

In addition to Caribbean Life, CNG publishes more than 30 community newspapers in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Those newspapers will make their own endorsements later this week.

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