We Asked New Yorkers About The Mayoral Race. Most Are Undecided

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With the mayoral race heating up, we have determined to hit the streets to speak to New Yorkers throughout all 5 boroughs. For this primary spherical, we requested: Who’re you planning to vote for and why; what are your normal impressions of the candidates; what points are most necessary to you; and are you aware about ranked-choice voting?

What we heard was just like what polls have advised: most residents mentioned they haven’t tuned into the assorted campaigns. Of the eight main Democratic candidates, many struggled to call anybody past Andrew Yang, who was largely remembered for his failed presidential bid and interesting character. Not surprisingly, many are nonetheless undecided about their first alternative. 

That’s to not say that these surveyed didn’t have priorities that may form their votes—most spoke clearly a few vary of points, together with homelessness, public security and crime, faculties, transit and town’s financial restoration. As a reminder, registered voters will have the ability to vote early from June twelfth by June twentieth, and in-person and by way of mail-in poll on June twenty second.




Gwendolyn Tucker

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Gwendolyn Tucker

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Gwendolyn Tucker, non-profit worker, Morris Park, the Bronx

🗳️Undecided (“I don’t even know who’s working at this level”)

Candidates pop up out of nowhere. And lots of people within the communities, in several districts, no one is aware of who you’re. So that you need anyone to vote for you, however you have not been lively locally. So why ought to I vote for you? I do not know who you’re. Have you ever been lively with the district leaders inside the communities? they bought a little bit little bit of energy. They know their group.

Housing is essential to me, [and] schooling, as a result of they don’t seem to be dealing with the autistic youngsters [who] are being left behind. So it is schooling, homelessness, and the fitting to have a spot to dwell. My largest issues.




Danny Zabar

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Danny Zabar

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Danny Zabar, 37, lifelong Higher West Facet resident

🗳️Undecided

I really feel prefer it’s actually onerous to get an entire political stance for any particular person candidate. It looks like we’re leaping from difficulty to difficulty. Candidates are weighing in, however I nonetheless do not know who Scott Stringer is as an entire candidate, or any of those individuals.

High quality of life and crime has been a giant difficulty. Labor points are at all times large. I do not suppose there’s a difficulty with the minimal wage this yr, however I feel housing has at all times been a giant difficulty, particularly for our staff. Numerous our staff nonetheless cannot afford housing in Manhattan. In order that they nonetheless commute two, three hours from the depths of Queens, so I feel transportation infrastructure is gonna be a giant difficulty, whether or not we should always spend cash on this new Hudson tunnel, the LaGuardia AirTrain, and principally shifting individuals round New York and getting our enterprise again.

Lots of people have left. Numerous our prospects. We’re doing rather well transport our merchandise across the US, however lots of our common prospects aren’t on the Higher West Facet anymore, whether or not they’re in a second home or they’ve moved fully.




Arleen Santana

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Arleen Santana


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Arleen Santana, 27, works at Equinox, South Bronx

🗳️Undecided

Policing. Training. Addressing the violence in New York. Particularly youth violence. That’s one thing that’s near me proper now trigger I just lately misplaced anyone. He was a neighbor of thoughts, he was solely 17. He bought stabbed. That’s my fundamental concern. That’s sort of our actuality now we have to dwell by every single day. No one has been actually addressing these points. So lots of the youth in uptown New York, they don’t have an incredible relationship with the police for superb purpose. They’re at all times being focused. In my state of affairs, with what simply occurred, issues most likely might have been helped if there was a greater relationship with the group and the police. Simply placing extra funding into applications for the children. For schooling, it’s simply so necessary. So many individuals are struggling. Hopefully we get anyone who does the work and goes into these communities and discover out what’s occurring. Proper now it simply appears like so many individuals they’re not even into politics they suppose it would not have an effect on them as a result of nothing occurs after we vote for individuals. No one cares about [the South Bronx]. It’s a catastrophe proper now with all of the drug use. The reply for me is not to place individuals in jail for that. There needs to be some rehab, some assist. It shouldn’t all be punishment. It must be about serving to individuals do higher.




Amy Cohen

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Amy Cohen

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Amy Cohen, 61, retired courtroom lawyer to Bronx Supreme Court docket justice, Higher West Facet

🗳️Undecided

[I’m leaning towards] Scott Stringer, Shaun Donovan, Kathy Garcia, Maya Wiley. Usually, I might be in search of somebody who to my thoughts was probably the most progressive candidate, which might most likely be Shaun Donovan, a minimum of I see him. I am unsure with the disaster now we have due to COVID and the fiscal disaster, that that will be the only option or not. So then I have a look at somebody like Scott Stringer, who is a bit more reasonable, however he is also an insider, and I feel we would want that.




Vanessa Cuellar

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Vanessa Cuellar

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Vanessa Cuellar, 20, SUNY Albany scholar, Jackson Heights, Queens

🗳️Undecided

[My top issues are] the road distributors, low cost housing for individuals who can’t afford it, and cleansing up the communities to maintain town clear.

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Sandra Cortes, 30, public highschool instructor, Jackson Heights, Queens

🗳️Undecided

I’ve heard of Andrew Yang and he looks like anyone I’m not voting for due to what he mentioned concerning the unions, that basically turned me off and being a instructor within the UFT. I heard of Eric Adams too, I’m a little bit bit confused about his messaging, I’m unsure if he’s professional police, however on the similar time he does pitch himself as a candidate who’s from New York so that will be like one marketing campaign that could be a little bit complicated for me nonetheless.

For me, fairness within the public college system [is important]. In all probability assist increasing early little one care… there are working-class individuals right here who want probably the most assist.




Louise Youngson

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Louise Youngson

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Louise Youngson, 45, bodily therapist, Higher West Facet

🗳️Undecided

What I feel thus far is that I am in search of a substitute for our present mayor as a result of I have never been happy with how he has dealt with the varsity state of affairs throughout COVID as a mom of three in New York Metropolis public faculties. And in order that’s going to be a giant a part of my resolution shifting ahead. How public education goes to be dealt with in New York Metropolis.

David Warner, 27, actual property brokerage proprietor, Higher West Facet

🗳️Undecided

I’ve heard of Andrew Yang. He looks like a pleasant man. I do know he is large on common revenue, which I feel could be very fascinating. And he appears to wish to assist town, which I feel is sweet. I feel we’d like somebody who actually cares concerning the particular person individuals and every particular person neighborhood.

I feel it is essential that persons are handled accurately, and that the police are implementing areas equally and are actually taking good care of every neighborhood’s specific wants.

I personal an actual property firm and I see lots of underserved areas the place there’s excessive charges of crime, and I feel they should have extra police-involved in these areas to try to assist the communities there, to try to get them to a spot the place they’re just like the Higher West Facet.




Mark Andrew Bieri

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Mark Andrew Bieri

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Mark Andrew Bieri, 40+, graphic designer, Woodside, Queens

🗳️Voting for Andrew Yang

I’ve been maintaining with it and I do know who I’m voting for as my first alternative anyway, which might be Andrew Yang. I used to be really supporting him in the course of the presidential primaries, I’ve learn his e-book, “The Conflict On Regular Individuals,” I don’t know if lots of people have learn that in relation to this race however I really feel like they need to… that basically opened my eyes to his insurance policies.

I like Artwork Chang, so far as his {qualifications}, I feel he’s very extremely certified. I don’t know if he has the title recognition that he ought to, however I like him fairly a bit. I used to be contemplating a few of the different entrance runners, Eric Adams and Maya Wiley, however just lately they’ve each been so unfavourable of their feedback and admittedly assaults on Andrew Yang, that now I’m actually turned off. I feel it’s a nasty technique for them as a result of it’s ranked-choice voting this time, so if anyone is aware of they’re not your first alternative, they positively wish to develop into your second or third alternative, and for me that sort of method just isn’t gonna promote me on them.

For this specific space, as a result of it’s so closely Asian, you already know the assaults towards Asians has stolen lots of the dialog—that’s a precedence, clearly the pandemic is a precedence, all the things else would observe if we bought that beneath management. It’d sound a little bit bit superficial, however I would like him to be a sort of a cheerleader.




Andy Solomon

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Andy Solomon

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Andy Solomon, 67, retired lawyer, Higher West Facet

🗳️Leaning towards Ray McGuire

McGuire appears to be the one wise one with regards to what the actual points are in New York, which is basically security on the streets, psychological well being, within the type of coping with the people who find themselves on the streets and never in command of themselves, and schooling, which is totally falling aside in New York.

It appears to me there are lots of crazies working that haven’t any actual concept of what is the issue in New York lately, and that if they do not repair it quickly, the long run goes to be very bleak. I lived right here within the ’70s when crime was uncontrolled, the streets and subways had been fully unsafe. Town’s tax base was falling aside. And ultimately, you already know, the state and the federal authorities needed to take over working town. I do not wish to see that once more.




Letisha Smith

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Letisha Smith

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Letisha Smith, 31, information scientist, Jackson Heights, Queens

🗳️Undecided

I don’t know who I’m voting for and I’ve solely been mildly maintaining. I’ve heard of some candidates however I’ll be trustworthy a few of them whose names I don’t keep in mind however I like acknowledge their photographs. I’m undecided, there’s one one that is working who I do know has a enterprise or a banking background so I used to be keen on studying a bit extra about him, when you talked about Maya Wiley I used to be like oh yr once I learn some stuff about her, she appeared fascinating. And Andrew Yang as nicely, I do know his title however I don’t know a lot about his platform right here within the metropolis so I must look into him a bit extra.

I feel I’m keen on pandemic restoration plans with reference to the enterprise house, I now earn a living from home and I additionally know that a few of my buddies not dwell right here within the metropolis, so I’m on the whole plans round that. I’m usually in social points however I feel provided that the pandemic remains to be occurring proper now, I feel I might place lots of precedence round pandemic restoration plans over different points that perhaps would’ve been a priority to me prior to now.




Ashley

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Ashley

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Ashley, 32, Broadway actor, Higher West Facet

🗳️Voting for Andrew Yang

I feel Yang is absolutely for the Actors Fairness Affiliation and getting actors again to work. And as an actor myself, I actually assist that. I’ve needed to get a survival job. I do not personally really feel like our union has actually been working for us to get us again to work. SAG is again to work. AFTRA is again to work. And Actors Fairness just isn’t. So I actually respect that Yang is making such clear efforts to essentially communicate to the actors of New York Metropolis.

I might say equality is a big difficulty within the metropolis proper now and must be addressed. Security within the metropolis is a big difficulty. Midtown is terrifying to stroll by at night time. And joblessness, getting individuals again to work.




John Doherty

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John Doherty

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John Doherty, 63, Port Richmond, Staten Island

🗳️Undecided

No prime candidate in any respect. No one’s that I’ve seen come out of the gate that I’m like, ‘Oh yeah good.’” With all the things else occurring it’s onerous to even focus.

The economic system [is important to me], particularly with the COVID. It’s the primary time I’ve been within the metropolis in months. It’s unhappy, it’s desolate. So it’s like, “How will we get issues going once more?” I simply took it with no consideration seeing individuals within the streets throughout lunchtime and so they’re empty. I by no means thought I’d see that in New York. One thing I took with no consideration on a regular basis and I don’t suppose I’ll do this once more.




Mudassar Khan

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Mudassar Khan

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Mudassar Khan, 44, small enterprise proprietor, Jackson Heights, Queens

🗳️Undecided

This yr, I haven’t adopted this election really, I haven’t adopted anybody, I have no idea precisely who’s working. Andrew Yang I do know of, however the others I don’t. This yr it doesn’t even look like the elections are occurring.

Clearly there are security issues occurring, the crime charge has been going up, how they’re going to regulate that. COVID is being handled so I suppose that’s out already. Infrastructure stuff is there, we wish that to be higher, the general public desires the security there and no matter they may assist for us, from our viewpoint, how they may assist the small companies.

Most individuals we spoke with didn’t notice that for the primary time, the following mayor will probably be decided by ranked-choice voting, by which voters can rank their candidates so as of desire. Hearken to some responses we heard right here:




Jeremiah Hickey

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Jeremiah Hickey

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Jeremiah Hickey, 54, retired, East New York, Brooklyn

🗳️Undecided

I’m in search of a mayor who’s gonna work for the individuals. Not get wealthy off the individuals. Housing, we’d like housing. I’m bored with them making all these buildings and utilizing the phrase “reasonably priced,” after which whenever you go see the tier revenue it’s $40,000 and up. What occurs to those that don’t make from $40,000 and up?




Quinten Dockery

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Quinten Dockery

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Quinten Dockery, 36, restaurant-worker, Crown Heights, Brooklyn

🗳️Leaning towards Eric Adams

Faculties—they don’t even have sufficient sources. I bought nieces and nephews that go to high school in Brooklyn and Queens, and the schooling is trash. They aren’t paying the lecturers sufficient, I’m for all of the lecturers.




Neffy

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Neffy

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Neffy, retail employee, Stapleton, Staten Island

🗳️Undecided

The violence might cease. It’s actually large now, it’s getting out of hand. It’s actually unhealthy. Those who I do know died. I grew up with. I went to high school with that particular person. Individuals are loopy and I feel with much less weapons, it will be safer that approach. The police don’t care. I really feel like they don’t care as a result of it’s the kind of neighborhood it’s. I really feel it’s as much as the individuals to do one thing about it. Us, not the police. The neighborhood that we dwell in it’s recognized for violence so they simply don’t care.




Dukenson Bolisca

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Dukenson Bolisca

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Dukenson Bolisca, 53, grocery retailer employee, St George, Staten Island

🗳️Leaning towards Andrew Yang

The safety may be very loopy. No matter the place you go, you’re scared to go outdoors. For those who do go outdoors you gotta watch your self. There’s lots of crime shootings round right here. I feel we’d like extra policing.




Barbara Jurist

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Barbara Jurist

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Barbara Jurist, actual property dealer, Riverdale, the Bronx

🗳️Undecided

[Issues that are important to me are] serving to youngsters to get a greater schooling. I actually could be prepared to volunteer to assist youngsters after college with homework. I appear to have extra time. And that is something–I might like to youngsters, I might love to do. And the opposite difficulty, in fact, is police safety […] I wish to see extra policemen. And so they must be educated so that are not incidents which have occurred prior to now. I feel that healthcare entry to well being care must be common.




Benjamin Tirado

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Benjamin Tirado

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Benjamin Tirado, 32, New Brighton, Staten Island

🗳️Undecided

The entire reopen part. You open up all the things however not the libraries. Some individuals want the libraries, trigger individuals don’t have computer systems. It’s like there’s haves and have-nots. The have-nots, individuals like us, individuals with a incapacity. One thing has to get achieved about that.




Yakemah Wade

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Yakemah Wade


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Yakemah Wade, 32, metropolis employee, Purple Hook, Brooklyn

🗳️Undecided

[My top issues are] to assist the homeless; and whereas it’s onerous to do, get a few of these medication off the road and higher schooling for the youngsters.




Brian Rojas

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Brian Rojas


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Brian Rojas, 33, drama instructor and actor, Corona, Queens

🗳️Undecided

One thing private to me is the theater trade. I wish to hear somebody talk about investing into making it a secure setting once more. Type of get individuals again to work. And simply convey theater to town so we are able to see some superior performs once more. I’m an actor. I actually miss theater, I miss acting on stage.




Danny Monge

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Danny Monge

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Danny Monge, building employee, Riverdale, the Bronx

🗳️Undecided

[Issues that are important to me are] unions, well being care….and simply serving the group, in taking good care of these in want, particularly the aged. Numerous them run on that platform, after which once they get into workplace they abandon us, significantly the unions. I imply, we’re taking a tough hit proper now in New York Metropolis, with buildings going up non-union. They are not required to observe the security protocols that we observe. Many people are expert tradesmen, and now we have such a excessive unemployment charge proper now. It is fairly disheartening.




Mary Ellen Gibbs

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Mary Ellen Gibbs

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Mary Ellen Gibbs, healthcare employee, Riverdale, the Bronx

🗳️Undecided

We actually must get anyone who’s good and forceful. I imply, I want Raymond Kelly would run. He would clear up New York Metropolis actual quick.

I am so sick of what is been occurring in New York Metropolis. I really feel like [it] has been very uncared for. It’s very chaos. I imply, when you have a look at even the shops downtown, the shops are all closing, they’re defunding the police there. They are not giving the police a good shake, even. I imply, these cops are retiring, not approaching the job as a result of they don’t seem to be being revered. And you already know what? It is an actual disgrace as a result of that is the primary particular person they name when one thing goes incorrect, the individuals who say they hate the police, they’re the primary ones to name 911 once they’re in bother.

I imply, I am very pro-police. I feel they should begin defending our police as a result of they’re completely being abused… have a look at final yr in the course of the pandemic, they had been being abused, they had been throwing rocks, throwing water at them, cursing at them. And de Blasio did nothing about it.

And they should clear up the streets, the infrastructure. I imply the actual infrastructure. Issues are falling aside since you take a great have a look at overpasses right here, they’re all crumbling. For those who have a look at all of the streets there are potholes. Training’s a giant one [too]. I feel these lecturers must put their large boy, large lady pants on and are available again to high school. We’re paying them good cash to remain residence.




Raymond Alfonso

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Raymond Alfonso

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Raymond Alfonso, Pelham Parkway, the Bronx

🗳️Undecided

[My top three issues] The primary could be [that] all the principle paramedic, EMS, NYPD, social staff on the metropolis stage, they want a greater wage, higher circumstances for them to carry out their jobs. Additionally, when you have a look at the infrastructure of town, we’d like housing; that is the second most necessary factor, housing. And the third will probably be […] extra legal guidelines on the council stage that may present safety for the entire races within the metropolis. We’re the melting pot of the world, okay?

Responses have been edited for readability.



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