Bayside Voters Cynical About Politics, Even Before Latest Scandals
In order to gain a microcosmic perspective on the actual opinions of New Yorkers about the upcoming election, City & State and City Limits, in partnership with MetroFocus, present a new series: “The Five Borough Ballot.”
When it comes to politics in New York City, residents of Bayside, Queens, are disillusioned and disengaged – and while a spate of arrests of elected officials and political operatives last week reinforced those feelings, the latest corruption allegations don’t appear to have done much to alter voters’ already cynical view of politicians.
“Nobody’s shocked by that,” said an elderly black man who only gave his name as Bob. “It’s all about money. There’s something wrong with that.”
Some locals asserted that politicians are simply driven by money and power, and that they also owe too much to campaign donors and backers once they’re elected to office.
“I just don’t understand it,” Mandingo Tshaka, an activist and former community board member who will turn 82 this year, said of the arrests of state Sen. Malcolm Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran, among others. “You see, Halloran is my councilman.”
Tshaka said he didn’t have a very high opinion of Halloran to begin with.
Continue reading this week’s Five Borough Ballot coverage on the City & State website.