Mayoral Politics Takes Back Seat On Upper West Side — For Now

April 02, 2013 at 9:53 am

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.”

The mayor’s race was transformed during Holy Week.

Faced with an insurrection in the City Council over her resistance to paid sick leave, Speaker Christine Quinn hammered out a deal with union officials and health advocates just in time for Good Friday.

As a result, the city’s political chatterers noted that the paid sick leave bill removed a strong argument from progressive Democrats  against a Quinn candidacy, thus strengthening her position as the race’s frontrunner.

But at Artie’s Diner on the Upper West Side, voters are still waiting for their matzo ball soup to cool down before they make a decision in the race.

However, though they haven’t yet committed to a candidate, the patrons at Artie’s do have a strong sense of what characteristics they want from their next mayor to embody—even if they are not sure who he or she should be.


Continue reading this week’s Five Borough Ballot coverage on the City & State website.

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