De Blasio Message Gets Mixed Reception in Mott Haven
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Bill de Blasio successfully framed his campaign as a “tale of two cities” — a metropolis of haves and have-nots.
Mott Haven, one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, would seem ripe for his message. But interviews last week in and around Camaguey restaurant on 138th and Brook Avenue suggest the Democratic candidate for mayor still has hearts and minds to win.
Even among those who cited monetary concerns as the most important to them, a focus on poverty did not necessarily translate into votes for de Blasio. Some didn’t believe politics would help solve their problems. Others were still deciding which candidate would most improve their lives economically.
Awilda Cordero, a community leader whose boyfriend owns a nearby barber shop on East 138th Street, campaigned for Anthony Weiner until the bitter end, putting signs in the windows there and at Camaguey.
She will not only vote in November but says she will volunteer for whichever remaining candidates wins her over and bring “over 100 people if they need ‘em” as foot soldiers for the cause.
“We want to campaign for somebody,” she said.
But she hasn’t decided whether to support former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión — who is running on the Independence Party line — or de Blasio.
De Blasio made it clear that would represent whites and blacks, she said, but she’s not yet convinced that he will stand alongside Latinos.
“Basically, we’re looking for somebody who’s really going to help everybody out,” she said.
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