As Primary Day kicks off Tuesday morning, New Yorkers are weighing in on their top choice for mayor and what issues matter most for the future of the city. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Excitement mounts as the hours tick away until the polls open.
NY1 asked people across the five boroughs what issues matter most.
"Reasonable housing, places where we feel safe, schools that are teaching our kids," said one New Yorker.
"Stop-and-frisk and stuff like that in the community. People of color being stopped, you understand me? I don't think that's a good thing," said another.
"Education is my biggest concern for the kids, because they're our future. Right, next is the employment situation," said a third.
A crowded field of Democratic candidates are pushing voters to pull for them in the mayoral primaries.
"I'm tired of Bloomberg in general, and we need something fresh and new, and I think Christine Quinn is going to be fresh and new," one New Yorker said.
"Bill de Blasio," said another.
"I'm gonna vote for Mr. Lhota," said a third.
Registered Republicans haven't seen as much of a sensational race. Some of those choosing the GOP ticket say they want things to stay the same.
"The policing of our city, and I think that's my primary concern, that nothing goes back to the way it was," said a New Yorker.
Primary voters no doubt know how important political leadership can be.
They've chosen a party after all, but some will make their decisions only when they have to.
"I'm a little torn between Thompson and Anthony Weiner," a New Yorker said.
Another voter told NY1 that people not casting a ballot are basically telling elected leaders that they can do what they want to.