Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s pending landslide victory is picking up speed in the mayoral race and threatens to bury Republican Joseph Lhota 71 to 21 percent among likely voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Oct. 3. Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion had 2 percent.
There was a small gender gap and a larger racial gap: White voters support de Blasio 55 to 40 percent while black voters back the Democrat 90 to 6 percent, with Hispanic support at 79 to 10 percent, the poll found.
By a 69 to 19 percent margin, New York City voters had a favorable opinion of de Blasio. Lhota had a negative 26 to 36 percent favorability, with 33 percent who hadn’t heard enough about him to form an opinion. For Carrion, 73 percent didn’t have an opinion.
“These numbers say Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s kids can start arguing over who gets the best bedroom in Gracie Mansion,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “The flurry of negative headlines about name changes, the Sandanista visit, the Cuban honeymoon don’t seem to have any effect.”
Carroll added, “It’s a new city demographically and de Blasio captures it. His primary-election coalition, with huge support among black and Hispanic voters, holds in this poll taken after primary-day opinions had time to settle in.”
Election Day is Nov. 5.
Queens civic leaders say they’ve discovered why “trash trains” running through the borough still reek all the time despite official assurances that odors are unusual. The reason is the relaxation of a state rule that resulted in “putrescible” garbage — trash subject to organic decay — being mixed in with construction and demolition debris, according to Mary Parisen of Glendale, chairwoman of CURES, Civics United for Railroad and Environmental Solutions. The problem is especially bad near the Fresh Pond rail terminal in Ridgewood, where freight cars designated for C and D sit.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation “has a duty to protect citizens,” Parisen said in an Oct. 8 press release. “We rely on them to inform us. The good idea of using rail instead of trucks went bad during the implementation of NYS’s solid waste policies. These policies have become an environmental burden for communities because appropriate standards and technologies are not being used.”
A member of Congress who represents parts of Western Queens and a civic activist based here were among the roughly 200 people arrested for civil disobedience at a rally held Tuesday in front of the U.S. Capitol to demand that illegal immigrants be given a chance to stay in the country legally.
Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) and Jorim Rhee, an activist with the Flushing-based MinKwon Center for Community Action, were arrested during the rally, along with several other members of Congress from elsewhere in the country and three other protesters from New York. The four New York activists are all members of the New York Immigration Coalition. They say the Republican House leadership is blocking immigration reform that would enable undocumented people to live in the United States legally and openly.
“They are lagging; they are not voting on an immigration bill,” the NYIC quoted Rhee as saying. “They are watching millions and tens of millions of undocumented people, their families, and family members waiting to be together again suffer.”
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— compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone