More Choices Could Benefit NYC Voters

November 15, 2011 | CUNY Lecture Series

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg completes his third and final term in 2013, a Republican mayor would have been at the helm of the overwhelming Democrat New York City for the past two decades. “There’s is a divide inside the Democratic party itself that leaves an opening for more conservative candidates to pick off parts of it,” said John Mollenkopf, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the Graduate Center, speaking at a panel titled: “What’s the Matter With New York?” sponsored by the Murphy Institute of CUNY. Mollenkopf added that New York voters often feel frustrated by a lack of choice in candidates. “They vote by default instead of conviction.”