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.”
Shunair McKay was all set to vote for Council Speaker Christine Quinn. “Because she’s for gays,” he said as he sat at a picnic table in the middle of Brownsville’s Van Dyke housing development on the Friday before Labor Day, “and she came to the parade,” referring to a local LGBTQ pride event this summer.
But recently, McKay realized that Quinn “spent a lot of time under Mayor Bloomberg, so it will probably be the same.” And McKay wants a change from the page 12 years.
Now, he’s thinking about Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. “Last night I was supposed to Google him,” McKay said. De Blasio represents the kind of clean break from the Bloomberg years that McKay says he’s looking for.
But he’s not sold yet. He’s seen de Blasio’s commercials, some of which feature the candidate’s biracial son, and McKay is not sure how he feels about that. “I don’t know if he’s fake,” McKay said. “He might be using his family to win votes.”
As the mayoral primary campaign moved into its stretch run, people interviewed in Brownsville last Friday displayed a sharply higher level of awareness than our decidedly unscientific monthly survey found even a month ago. Most people who stopped to talk to a reporter were aware of the campaign and knew at least some of the candidates. Most had not yet made up their mind who to vote for. Some weren’t planning to vote at all.
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