By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
The people of New York City are angry because they feel they are taken advantage of, said City Comptroller William Thompson, speaking at a fundraiser organized by Hellenic American Political Action Committee (HAPAC), at Pinocchio’s Restaurant in Astoria. It was the second event organized by HAPAC, in the last month, for Thompson, who is considering to run for Mayor of New York in the Democratic primary.
Comptroller Thompson said that New York is going into really tough times and people want to help, paying their share.
“We accept to pay more taxes, but at the same time we expect to see clean streets. We don’t want to pay thousands of dollars for various unfair fines. People are unified but at the same time they are angry because they feel they are taken advantage of,” Thompson said to his Greek-American supporters.
Many of the people gathered – among them Nick Gregoriou, who was fined five times for smoking code violations at his business “Athens Café” – complained to the comptroller for the unfair treatment they received.
“Politicians have to listen to the people and their problems. We don’t have to close the business, but to help them,” Thompson said.
Recently the comptroller, accompanied by his close friend Tassos Manessis, visited the residence of Archbishop Iacovos, former leader of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America. Thompson expressed his admiration for the archbishop. Manessis, who presented Thompson to the gathering, paid tribute to his honesty and integrity.
“He is someone who never forgets his friends. And we will be at his side whenever he decides the next big step in his political career,” Manessis said.
HAPAC director, Archie Mavromatis and Evangeline Douris described Thompson as sensitive to the needs of the people, and a good friend of the Greek Americans, while Peter Doukas, former candidate for City Council, expressed hoped that he will be the next mayor.