The Rev. Floyd Flake, pastor of Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica and a former Congressman, has endorsed Bill Thompson for mayor, citing his experience as the former city comptroller.
“During his time as comptroller, there were no problems, no blowups, no fraud,” Flake said Monday. “He ran things extremely well. New York City did not suffer during that time. He’s someone who knows how to handle things financially. I’m not saying the others candidates couldn’t do a good job, I just think he can do it better.”
Flake had worked on Thompson’s campaign during his last mayoral run in 2009, but switched his support to incumbent Mike Bloomberg because he said, “an additional term was valuable to the city.”
Flake, whose church boasts a congregation of more than 18,000 parishioners, cited Bloomberg’s positions on crime and economic development as major reasons for his endorsement last time around.
Thompson was pleased that Flake, a political heavyweight in the Queens community and beyond, has decided to back him this time.
“We are proud to have Reverend Flake’s support,” a spokesman for Thompson said in an email statement. “He is a highly regarded religious leader and we expect the support of many other religious leaders across New York City.”
Other candidates planning to run for mayor are Democrats City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Comptroller John Liu and Public Advocate Bill deBlasio, and Republicans Tom Allon, a Manhattan community newspaper publisher, and Adolpho Carrion Jr., a former Bronx borough president. State sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica) is also rumored to be considering a run on the GOP line.
Earlier this year Flake endorsed City Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton), in his primary bid for state Senate against incumbent Shirley Huntley. He secured a comfortable victory, taking nearly 60 percent of the vote.