TWU Local 100 endorses Bill Thompson for mayor, slights ex-MTA chief Joe Lhota

Bill Thompson in 2009. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Bill Thompson in 2009. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The union representing bus and subway workers turned their back on ex-MTA chief Joe Lhota, choosing instead to endorse Bill Thompson for mayor at City Hall Tuesday.

“Lhota can’t get our endorsement,” Transport Workers Union Local 100 president John Samuelsen said during the endorsement announcement, according to the union’s spokesman.

TWU Local 100, with 38,000 members in the New York City metropolitan area, used to answer to Lhota before he resigned from the agency to run for mayor, but not anymore.

“Bill Thompson will lead his administration to push public transit to the forefront of a truly sustainable and equitable agenda for the city,” said Samuelsen in a statement.

Citing Thompson’s record in fighting for improvement in outer-borough service and against the service cuts, the Samuelsen also said Thompson has also proposed adding new revenue streams for the MTA.

Thompson said he was “honored” to receive the nod, adding that as mayor he would work to increase service in the city.

“New York City’s transit workers are some of the best transportation professionals in the world and as we learned after Sandy they have earned our City’s respect,” he said.

Thompson said he would use $40 million of MTA surpuse to restore service and reinstate a commuter tax.

The union also heard bids from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Controller John Liu.

Thompson eventually won the endorsement because he vowed to work with Cuomo for a new labor contract, which Lhota failed to do before leaving his post. The union’s contact expired in January 2012.

Lhota’s campaign spokeswoman, Jessica Proud, said in a statement the ex-transit boss had “enormous respect” for the transit workers, but did not comment specifically about losing the key endorsement.

“He always says the credit for restoring the subways system after Hurricane Sandy belongs to the workers,” Proud added. “What they accomplished was nothing short of a miracle.”

The union, which has not kept its disdain for current Mayor Michael Bloomberg a secret, decided on Thompson after a “very careful” screening process because of his vision of the city’s “transit future.”

“After three terms under Bloomberg, we will finally usher in an era of Transit Justice,” Samuelsen said.

When reporters at the rally asked Samuelsen if the union would campaign against Lhota, the union president did not rebuff the possibility.

“Certainly if Lhota is the mayoral candidate, we’re not gonna be shy about in talking about what we perceive as his weaknesses,” he said, according to Capitol.

Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Two young children killed in deadly Queens fire

Two 4-year-old children died after a blaze at their Far Rockaway home on Saturday night. The Queens fire injured three others, including a third sibling.

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.