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.”
Mott Haven— On a sunny Saturday in April, Gloria Cruz walked passed St. Mary’s Park in Mott Haven, on her way to Camaguey Restaurant. Kids were playing outside. Mothers went by pushing strollers.
Cruz was talking about gun legislation and the recent debate in Washington.
“It’s a national issue now,” she said. “But it’s been a problem here for a long time.”
A stray bullet killed her niece in 2005, only blocks away. The next year Cruz began helping organize the Bronx chapter of the Million Mom March, an event that honors those lost to gun violence and raises awareness about the issue.
Inside Camaguey Restaurant on 138th Street, sitting in a booth along the mirrored wall, Cruz talked about recent setbacks to national gun control, and the frustration it made her feel. “I spent the whole afternoon talking to crying mothers.”
Closer to home, Cruz feels Mayor Bloomberg is doing a better job. “He’s addressing the needs he needs to address,” she said. “He wants to make the city he loves better, safer and viable.”
She doesn’t know which candidate she’ll support in the upcoming mayoral election. She doesn’t know them well enough yet.
Continue reading this week’s Five Borough Ballot coverage on the City Limits website.