BY Led Black
My mom, a native of the Dominican Republic, has been a citizen of this country since 1989. She has not missed an election since then. Rain or shine, sun or snow, national election or local; my mom is there voting for her choice of candidates. I am not saying she is a paragon of democratic values, she keeps insisting that I vote for her candidates but if a 73-year old woman can make sure she is in the voting booth come election day, there is no excuse for the rest of us. We here at the Uptown Collective refuse to tell you who to vote for but we believe that it is imperative that you do go out and vote, whoever your candidate may be. That is the main reason that we put together the Politicking with the People forums, where the politicians and the public they serve can have candid discussions on the issues that matter in our neighborhood. The 31st and 30th Senate Districts and the 72nd and 71st Assembly Districts are all up for grabs. The budget of the State of New York is a whopping 135 billion. This astronomical figure underscores the need for accountability and greater transparency in the functions and doings of government. Through effective and determined representation, we can help to determine how those dollars are spent and how those vast resources are allocated. Go out and vote, get involved and stay involved!
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