Mayoral candidates have made stops in Queens this election season but some voters still feel the politicians are not hearing enough about the issues that matter most to them. Borough Reporter Ruschell Boone filed this first report in NY1's Queens Week.
Jobs -- that is what many Queens residents who spoke with NY1 in Jamaica say they want the mayoral candidates to talk more about.
"There are no jobs in the 'hood," said one resident.
And the job market is not the only issue on the minds of voters...not just in Jamaica but all over the borough. So are wages in the borough.
"I want to hear them talk about being fair in terms of that minimum wage and letting people have a decent amount of money to live on. I'm not saying give them $200 an hour, but they know that some $7.50 is not going to do it in New York," said another resident.
Affordable housing also topped the list of issues for some.
"Rent nowadays is so expensive," a New Yorker said.
So did public safety, clean streets and education. Queens is home to some of the most overcrowded schools in the city.
"My son's high school in Forest Hills is so overcrowded. I mean, it's a good school but you could get lost if you're not a serious student," said another New Yorker.
Michael Krasner, a political science professor at Queens College, says if the candidates can woo voters on some of these issues, they could win the borough, which has a huge voting block.
"Queens obviously is a very populous borough and has a lot of Democratic voters. And in many years, not the most recent elections, but in many years the Democratic nomination was tantamount to the elections," Krasner said.
Republicans have proven they can win in Queens as well.
"These days it more often comes down to the general election. We've obviously had kind of a run by the Republican Party, from Giuliani through Bloomberg, so Queens voters have been more responsive to the more conservative appeals," Krasner said.
Some people who spoke with NY1 said they were either loyal to a party or particular candidate, but in the end would think about the issues when they headed to the polls. While some said they already knew who they were planning to vote for, they said that could change depending on what candidate has to say about the issues.