Voter Guide for Next Tuesday’s Primary Election

David R. Jones, La Nueva Mayoria / The New Majority

Next Tuesday, September 10th, there will be a primary election for city offices, most notably for mayor.  After 12 years under Mayor Bloomberg, New York City voters will have the opportunity to determine a new direction for the city on important issues like job creation, schools and educational opportunity, poverty, policing, affordable housing, and health care.

A Community Service Society voter guide, to help New Yorkers learn more about the candidates for mayor, will be printed in Monday’s edition of El Diario.  We asked the leading candidates to weigh in with their plans to address issues of concern to low-income New Yorkers — and to the city as a whole.  {Note: We did not receive responses from John Catsimatidis, Joseph Lhota, George McDonald, or Anthony Weiner.}

Here, in advance, are some of the issues that are highlighted in the voter guide.

The candidates for mayor were asked for their plans for growing the local economy in a way that creates good-paying jobs that offer upward mobility for low-wage workers.  Post-Hurricane Sandy, we asked how they would invest in upgrading the infrastructure in a way that stimulates local hiring.

After a long struggle, the City Council recently overrode a mayoral veto to pass paid sick leave.  We asked the candidates if they would favor expanding this law to provide paid sick days to employees in manufacturing and workers in smaller businesses.

With a growing number of New Yorkers — now more than one in five — living in poverty, we wanted to know the candidates’ ideas for tackling this most chronic of problems. 

The city is appealing a verdict in federal court that found stop and frisk tactics used in the Bloomberg years violated the constitutional rights of New Yorkers, specifically New Yorkers of color.  We asked the candidates for their position on stop and frisk.  And, if they were mayor, would they continue the appeal process.

Earlier this year, the Community Service Society released a study that showed a decrease in black and Latino enrollment in the city’s top selective high schools and top five CUNY four-year colleges in the past decade.  We asked how the candidates would expand educational opportunities for black and Latino students at these institutions. 

The mayor of New York has great influence on the state of our public schools. Given the low high school graduation rates of black and Latino students – and the low numbers of black and Latino students who graduate with a Regents diploma – we asked the candidates what they would do to improve this situation.
  
The lack of affordable housing is one of the major problems facing low-income New Yorkers.  We asked the candidates what they would do to increase the supply of housing affordable to workers in the bottom third of wage-earners.  Also, the New York City Housing Authority, at a time when it is strapped for funds, pays the city almost $100 million annually for police and payments in lieu of taxes.  Yet private landlords are provided police services free of charge.  We asked whether they would continue this arrangement as mayor.

In his time in office, Mayor Bloomberg focused on a number of health issues.  We asked the candidates what would be their top health priorities as mayor. 

These issues are of concern to all New Yorkers, not just low-income residents.  We hope that you take the time to read the candidates’ responses to these issues and to vote next Tuesday. 
 
If you are registered to vote and are not sure of where your polling place is located, check online at the Online Poll Site Address Locator, or call the Voter Phone Bank at 866-868-3692.  The polls will be open from 6 A.M. to 9 P.M.  You must be registered in a political party to vote in that party’s primary. Learn more and view our complete guide online.

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