Day-Long Tour Started In Staten Island

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The man running to lead the City that Never Sleeps is living that mantra for a day.

New York City mayoral candidate Bill Thompson has launched a 24-hour citywide tour to get his message out.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, for the day Thursday, Thompson’s the hardest working man in politics.

“I think I end tomorrow morning somewhere around 8:15 in the morning. How am I going to get through it? Good question,” Thompson told Smith. “I may be going 24 hours but if you look, this is a city where people are working over 24 hours, they’re working around the clock.”

The former city comptroller is hitting several locations in each of the five boroughs.

The Democrat started off at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal Thursday morning. He then made several stops on Staten Island.

In the Bronx, his stops included a senior center and lunch with Bronx leaders.

In Brooklyn, Thompson scheduled a meeting with supporters and small business owners.

Campaign stops in Queens had him speaking at a forum and greeting supporters.

Thompson said he plans to meet with workers on the graveyard shift.

“We’re going to be seeing people who help to make this city run in the middle of the night, people who are looking on providing safety and security for all of us,” said Thompson. “What’s going to keep me awake? The story of those people, talking to those people about the future of New York City. That’s what’s going to keep me awake.”

Thompson also planned meetings with firefighters and livery cab drivers.

The tour ends Friday morning at a Harlem subway stop.

In the latest poll released by Quinnipiac University, Thompson was running behind City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

Thompson said he feels his campaign is building momentum ahead of next month’s Democratic primary.

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