Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg's third term re-election bid got a boost when ex-Congressman Reverend Floyd Flake announced his endorsement of him. The Daily News describes Flake as "an influential black minister who leads the huge Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, Queen" and NY1 reports that this is a "blow to the mayor's chief rival, City Comptroller Bill Thompson." Flake, who endorsed the mayor in 2005, said yesterday at a press conference, "The success of education in New York would not be what it is without Mayor Michael Bloomberg," and Bloomberg said, "There are some elected officials who believe we should go back to the days of divided authority, back when no one was held accountable and we just pointed fingers. It's hard to believe that that's the choice in this election." A Thompson spokesperson said, "New York City has thousands of churches, synagogues, mosques and many other houses of worship. One minister does not speak for all of them." Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens), who is on the state's Black, Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caucus, also threw her support behind the mayor.
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