Norwood News free-lancer and Bedford Park resident Annie Shreffler (who also attends the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism) filed this report, including video interviews, from the area’s largest polling station, Tracey Towers:
At Tracey Towers this morning, long time resident and community leader Sally Caldwell presided over nearly a dozen volunteers at the primary election voting site hosted in the Towers’ community room. Volunteers said a steady stream of regular voters had been coming in all morning, but there had never been long lines or a big crowd.
One volunteer counted just a handful of voter tickets at her booth — 17 altogether — and said primary elections are usually slow, but that they are gearing up for a big voter turnout during the presidential election in November.
Some voters took a minute of their time to tell the Norwood News some of the things they want candidates to focus on. Top most on their minds are: more attentive listening to community members, an end to corruption in the local Bronx Democratic machine, more attention from local police to drug law enforcement and gun control, improvements to health care options for those struggling in this economic downturn and more technology in local high schools.
Outside the towers, volunteers for the Pedro Espada campaign talked to residents and commuters at the bus stop and also took a minute to say why they think he’s the better candidate and that they hope he’ll reform politics when he’s in Albany. No Gonzalez campaign volunteers were present on that section of Jerome Avenue in front of the Towers’ entrance.