The race for mayor: What Brooklyn wants

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With the mayoral primaries just days away, the Brooklyn Ink staff asked some 250 Brooklynites three questions about their voting preferences.

New York City Democratic mayoral candidates participate in the first primary debate for New York City mayor in the WABC/Channel 7 studios on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 in New York, N.Y. From left are Christine Quinn, Anthony Weiner, Bill Thompson, John Liu, and Bill de Blasio. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, James Keivom, Pool)

New York City Democratic mayoral candidates participate in the first primary debate in the WABC/Channel 7 studios on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 in New York, N.Y. From left are Christine Quinn, Anthony Weiner, Bill Thompson, John Liu, and Bill de Blasio. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, James Keivom, Pool)

 

With the mayoral primaries just days away, Brooklyn is gearing up to vote. The Brooklyn Ink staff went around New York City’s most populous borough – from Brighton Beach to Brownsville to Red Hook – to ask some 250 Brooklynites three questions: Do you plan to vote? If so, who do you plan to vote for? And, finally, what do you most want from the next mayor?
 
Our poll, though highly unscientific, suggests voter turnout could be high. Sixty-seven percent said they plan to vote. Over half of the respondents said they will vote for a Democrat, with Bill de Blasio, the current Public Advocate, earning over 45 percent of that group’s support. But over a third of the voters polled are still undecided.

 

What Brooklyn wants from the next mayor

Matt Bethancourt

“I guess someone that’s a little more in touch with the regular working person. I feel like New York, in the past 10 years, has been marketed as kind of a luxury brand, and most people can’t afford the luxury brand.” Matt Bethancourt, Fort Greene

 

 

 

 

Lorraine Serrano (1 of 1)

“To make things right: the parks for kids aren’t right, the doors on public housing don’t lock, the elevators don’t work, mailboxes are broken.Fix it!” Lorraine Serrano, Coney Island

 

 

 

 

Monica Cerrato (1 of 1)-1

“I don’t think any politician is ever going to address rent in this city, but if I had my perfect politician and they actually cared about the fact that we can’t afford to live here, I’d be like ‘go you!’ I’d vote for that person.” Monica Cerrato, Greenpoint

 

 

 

Malika_Harris“I hope that the next mayor will really recognize and understand that this is not a city just for rich people or just for dirt-poor people. What about everyone else in between that work everyday, that contribute to the city and did what they were supposed to do, went to college and want to be contributors to society but they cant even afford to live and get fruits and vegetables on their block?”   Malika Harris, Flatbush

 

Carol_Missineo

“The mayor’s office has become too corporatized. Stop giving tax breaks to developers who are building $90 million dollar penthouses. The next mayor needs to focus on the outer boroughs and he needs to focus particularly on housing. Also, the idea of having universal pre-school is a good one. “ Carol Missenio, Flatbush

 

 

 

Bob Dragotti (1 of 1)

“He’s gotta be a businessman, and he’s gotta be tough.” Bob Dragotti, Bay Ridge

 

 

 

 

 

Michael__King“Road safety is really important – the other day a girl was run over in midtown and had her foot cut off. I ride a bike myself and the cops are less than despicable. The mayor has direct control over that, getting the cops to focus on ticketing and speeding. The city is safe and good, so it’s a question of how you make it even safer?” Michael King, Gowanus

 

 

 

Leroy_Angel

“Lack of scandal. That’s what I want from the next mayor.” Leroy Angel, DUMBO

 

 

 

 

 

Shawn_Thomas“Taxes would be raised anyway, it doesn’t matter if I vote or not.” Shawn Thomas, Red Hook

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa_Velasquez“More afterschool programs for our kids, to keep them out of trouble.” Lisa Velasquez, Brownsville

 

 

 

 

 

Michael_Jack“Stop this harassment from the police.” Michael Jack, Brownsville

 

 

 

 

 

Nora_Herting

“I would like to see the person be proactive about climate change and disaster planning after what happened last year.”  Nora Herting, Crown Heights

 

 

 

 

Montana_Ray“I think one thing that could really be worked on is the interaction between residents and the police in terms of safety, being able to approach the police, and follow through.” Montana Ray, Crown Heights

 

 

 

 

 

 

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