(excerpt from) The New York Times
Bloomberg Is Endorsed by Independence Party
By FERNANDA SANTOS / Published: April 5, 2009
The New York City Independence Party voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to endorse Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for a third term after he vowed, in private and public remarks delivered just before the vote, to try to establish nonpartisan elections in the city.
If re-elected, Mr. Bloomberg — a Democrat-turned-Republican who dropped all party affiliations two years ago — would be the first independent candidate elected to lead the city…
The Independence Party’s endorsement followed a private meeting Mr. Bloomberg had with about 70 of the party’s leaders at a hotel conference room in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood…
Still, Mr. Bloomberg faced pointed questions on topics including his commitment to explore the viability of nonpartisan elections and his decision to extend by legislation the two-term limit that voters had enacted by referendum…
In return for the support, Ms. Salit said that the mayor had offered, among other things, to help pay the costs of promoting him as the party’s candidate.
Note on “independent/independence”
In the state of New York, “Independence” is a party, with its own set of enrollees and political leaders. This situation is not the same as being “independent”, separate from any party. In New York, being independent is often called being a “blank.” So, even if Mayor Bloomberg only runs on the “Independence line”, he is still running with a party, just a third party. And, it may be that Bloomberg receives Republican support or the Republican line as well.
Other candidates in the race
An informal list of candidates who have declared or been mentioned as potential candidates for Mayor of NYC in 2009 can be found at Wikipedia: here. And, a list of candidates who have filed with the New York City Campaign Finance Board can be found: here.
The Libertarian Party and Socialist Workers Party are both planning on running candidates in this race.
Running on the Green Party line will be Billy Talen (Reverend Billy). A News Blaze article from March 31st shows that Reverend Billy recently won a settlement in a free speech lawsuit against New York City, which he sees as a victory over “violations of American free speech rights that are a hallmark of the Ray Kelly and Mike Bloomberg tenure.” The article is here.