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Thank you.

We defied the odds on election night -- and together, we sent a clear message that our elected leaders need to put New York City's working families first.

More people voted on the Working Families Party ballot line than in any New York City election in our party's history.

Working Families-endorsed candidates Bill de Blasio and John Liu were overwhelmingly elected to the City's second and third highest offices, where we know they will be strong voices for a more progressive New York.

And with the WFP's help, a new generation of grassroots community organizers joined the City Council -- including Jimmy Van Bramer, Jumaane Williams, Debi Rose, Ydanis Rodriguez, Steve Levin, Brad Lander, Danny Dromm, Fernando Cabrera, and more. We're also thrilled about what the future holds for inspiring candidates who ran strong races solely on the Working Families ballot line, such as Mark Winston-Griffith and Lynn Schulman.

And then there was the Mayor's race.

When the WFP sent out an e-mail message saying that the Thompson-Bloomberg contest would be "a stunningly tight election," political pundits scoffed. Yesterday we proved them wrong.

While Bill Thompson didn't win, he gave the Mayor a run for his money -- literally. As Working Families voters, we can be proud that our support for Thompson helped turn a predicted blowout into an all-night nail-biter. And we're even more proud of our grassroots organizers who took leaves of absence to help run a major Obama-style turnout drive for Thompson in the final weeks of the campaign.

But most importantly, the tight mayoral vote sent Mayor Bloomberg a message: If he wants a successful third term, he's going to have to make New York City work for everyone.

Working Families leaders like de Blasio, Liu, and our new City Councilmembers aren't going to roll over when the Mayor wants to give tax breaks to developers, or ignore living wage and affordable housing laws, or hype a handful of successful charter schools while the other 98% of students in our public schools have to struggle.

The Working Families Party is already leading the charge to give every New Yorker the right to take a day off from work when sick. If you want to join us in this fight and help us win many more progressive victories to come,please take a moment to contribute to the WFP.

Together, we have sent a clear message to our city leaders that it's time to put working families first again. Let's keep the change going.

Thank you again!

Originally posted to Charles Lenchner WFP on Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 05:23 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

    •  I'm extremely impressed with your work! (0+ / 0-)

      Frankly, I think the NY WFP has earned the right to make an effort to--formally--become the catalyst for a national movement! Perhaps cherry-picking a few congressional races/candidates in 2010 to start?

      "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

      by bobswern on Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 09:40:13 PM PST

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  •  How real is the WFP? (0+ / 0-)

    It's claiming credit for victories and near misses but I don't have a sense of its actual protagonism.

    Al que no le guste el caldo, le dan dos tazas.

    by Rich in PA on Thu Nov 05, 2009 at 05:33:41 AM PST

    •  Here's what the NYT said about the WFP: (2+ / 0-)
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      Organizers knocked on 227,928 doors and talked to 62,112 voters, a party official said. On Tuesday, more than 350 workers were stationed throughout the city, most working for a day rate of $100.

      Their efforts resulted in the party’s best electoral showing yet. In the public advocate’s race, the Working Families endorsed Bill de Blasio, a city councilman from Brooklyn. Coming from behind, he forced Mark Green into a runoff on Sept. 29, even though Mr. Green was the presumed front-runner based on pre-election polls and had already held the position.

      In the comptroller’s race, the party backed John C. Liu, a councilman from Queens, who won 38 percent of the vote, more than any other candidate, and will face the second-place finisher, David Yassky, a Brooklyn councilman, in the runoff.

      Of the four incumbent council members who were toppled, three faced challengers supported by the Working Families Party.

  •  When it WINS one, I'll believe it. (0+ / 0-)

    Lindsey won in '69 as a Liberal.

  •  if Bloomerg is no longer a Republican... (0+ / 0-)

    ...then, exactly why did he run on the Republican line?

    to me, Bill Thompson looks well-positioned for a run in 2013, having exceeded expectations AND created a competitive race when all of the political resources worked against him. Hopefully, he'll keep his campaign organization in tact and position himself to win next time, even if Bloomberg decides he wants to try to repurchase the office of mayor for a fourth time. It looks like the shameless arrogance of Bloomberg ("this city cannot survive unless they make me mayor for life by letting me out-and-out buy it"). Or, does this pave the way for another Democrat to actually be able to win a fair election next time (vs. being "carpet-bombed" with money by megalomaniacal billionairres who, apparently, think they can just purchase mayoral offices, and purchase changes to the legal system to suit themselves?)

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