NEW YORK — Turnout was light at my polling precinct on Tuesday, but the moods of voters were spirited. The governor’s seat was the hotly contested one in New York State. Incumbent Charles Schumer, a Democrat, ran running against Republican challenger Jay Townsend. Incumbent Kristen Gillibrand, also a Democrat, was running against Republican challenger Joe DioGuardi, but these races have not been garnering any press the same way the governor’s race has.
Here is what some New York voters said on Tuesday:
Retired IATSE Local 306 Member Don Shatzberg, 62 of Manhattan: “He’s gonna win. He’s gonna win by a nose. He’s gonna win by a lot,” when asked about governor candidate Andrew Cuomo. “New York’s a Democratic state. It’s tough for any Republican. Democrat is in their bone marrow. We (the citizens) are the puck. We just go wherever they want us to go.”
Business executive Russell Lee, 58, of Manhattan: “It will probably boil down to the two of them (Cuomo or Paladino).”
Katharine Poklemba, 30, an actor from the Bronx: “The media said this election was so important. So where is everybody?”
Theatre professor Sal Trapani, 54, of Manhattan: “I’m a supporter of early balloting.”
Andrew Goldberg, 40, a banker from Manhattan: “Cuomo as governor is something of a given. Re-establishing term limits is a pretty important one too.”
Nathan Mandraccia, 28, financial services rep from Manhattan: “We go into the present looking backwards; into the future with blinders.” While I’m not sure that phrase has any of the catchiness of “Rock the Vote,” it’s a thought worth pondering.