It may be a presidential election year, but it’s never too early to hear from the local elected officials who are setting their sights on what has been called the second-toughest job in America - Mayor of New York City.

NYU Wagner and the Citizens Union launch a fall series of breakfast briefings Wednesday, September 17, 2008, with a talk by William C. Thompson Jr., the two-term City Comptroller eyeing a possible run in 2009 to succeed Michael Bloomberg as Mayor.

The Brooklyn-born Thompson, who formerly headed the New York City Board of Education and worked in the financial sector, plans to focus his remarks on how to improve delivery of municipal services for New Yorkers. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and its Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue (Puck Building, 2nd Floor, 295 Lafayette Street, at Houston). It will conclude at 9:30 a.m.

  • The event is free and open to the public.
  • Media coverage is invited

In the near future, this NYU Wagner/Citizens Union series is scheduled to pick up again on October 7 with a visit by Eric Gioia, two-term member of the City Council from Woodside, Queens (and a graduate of New York University). Gioia is considering a race for New York City Public Advocate, the No. 2 job after the Mayor.

Then on November 12, Scott Stringer, the Manhattan Borough President, who is also looking to succeed Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, will be the featured guest of the breakfast series.

These civic briefings follow others last spring by two other possible candidates: City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, who is looking to run for mayor, and John Liu, councilman from Flushing, Queens, who is a prospective candidate for the public advocate’s post.

About the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University:
Established in 1938, NYU Wagner is a top-ranked graduate school where students arrive with the desire to serve the public, and leave with the skills and experience to bring about change. Combining coursework in management, finance, and policy with cutting-edge research and work experience in urban communities, the NYU Wagner education enables them to transform their personal commitment into public leadership.

About the Citizens Union:
Citizens Union of the City of New York is an independent, nonpartisan civic organization of members who promote good government and advance political reform in the city and state of New York. For more than a century, Citizens Union has served as a watchdog for the public interest and an advocate for the common good, working to ensure fair elections, clean campaigns and open, effective government that is accountable to the citizens of New York. Citizens Union is the publisher of the

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