Embracing New York City’s Diversity
Bill Thompson has repeatedly argued that New York City diversity is one of its greatest assets. As Comptroller, he was a great champion for providing opportunities to qualified women- and minority-owned businesses, whether through the city contracting process or the management of funds invested through the New York City Pension Systems. Since his earliest days as a leader in our great city, Thompson has worked to promote better understanding, healing and reconciliation between diverse communities.
Thompson has worked tirelessly to promote diversity in New York City by:
- Joining with the Mayor, construction, and labor leaders to create the Mayor’s Commission on Construction Opportunity to improve employment access for minorities, women and others.
- Forging partnerships across the city so that immigrants and other working people understand the benefits guaranteed by New York’s prevailing and living wage laws.
- Working to ensure that basic city services, such as city wage schedules and hospital emergency room assistance, are provided in both English and other languages.
- Calling on some of America’s largest firms to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as chief advisor to one of the nation’s largest pension funds.
- Supported marriage equality for all New Yorkers
- Tripling the assets of the New York City Pension Funds managed by minority- and women-owned firms.
- Co-founding the Black-Jewish Alliance, which seeks to draw attention to bias crimes and to promote tolerance between New York City’s many diverse communities.