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.”
It’s a good thing that the primary for the New York City mayor’s race wasn’t scheduled for June–at least for voters in Bayside, Queens.
Residents of the neighborhood, located near the eastern end of Queens, still seem to know little about the candidates who are running to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and they know even less about the race for public advocate, city comptroller or even for the local New York City Council seat. The primary is scheduled for September.
“Right now they’re kind of weeding out a lot of people,” said George Finny, one of a number of Queens residents interviewed on Monday on a street corner at the intersection of Bell Boulevard and 48th Avenue. “A lot of people who have voiced an interest probably won’t be there at the end.”
Finny, who is in his 40s and works in construction, said he leaned towards voting for New York City Comptroller John Liu, one of the Democratic candidates, because he has been effective with the Chinese community in Flushing. He said that education and taxes would be important issues, but he would have to wait and see the concrete plans of the top candidates.
“I think it’s too early to tell,” he said. “I might vote for John. As comptroller he’s been fine.”
Continue reading this week’s Five Borough Ballot coverage on the City & State website.