Thompson Attacks Bloomberg on Raises; Bloomberg Defends

Bill Thompson is trying to capitalize on the newly-announced raises Michael Bloomberg agreed to give to more than 6,000 employees, including his deputy mayors, who make more than $100,000.
Thompson said more than 100 of his top aides will forgo raises “for the foreseeable future” and save the city $1 million. Thompson called on Bloomberg to do the same.
Thompson made his comments this morning, as he announced unemployment rates for African-Americans in New York City “swelled by 167 percent” between the first quarter of 2008 and 2009. That’s compared to a 72 percent rise among all New York City residents, according to Thompson.

Thompson Attacks Bloomberg on Raises; Bloomberg Defends