Democratic voters on Tuesday were making their choice known between City Councilwoman Letitia James and State Senator Daniel Squadron in the runoff election for Public Advocate. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
City Councilwoman Letitia James headed into PS 11 in Clinton Hill to vote Tuesday morning, and afterwards she was emotional talking about her campaign.
"All I wanted to do was talk about really talk about the issues, and all I wanted to do was really be a public servant. So all of these personal attacks, we really need to do better," James said.
The race between James and State Senator Daniel Squadron had become increasingly bitter each day leading up to Tuesday's runoff showdown, with personal attacks and finger pointing.
Neither candidate received 40 percent of the vote in the September 10 primary. James got 36 percent while Squadron received 34 percent, necessitating the runoff at a cost of around $13 million.
Squadron voted at PS 29 in Cobble Hill along with his wife and young son. Afterwards he responded to James' tearful comments.
"I think it's really unfortunate that my opponent decided to go negative months ago and has repeated some personal attacks and innuendo that have proven not true, as late as yesterday. I really think that's unfortunate. My campaign has stuck to the facts, we focused overwhelmingly on our plan for the office," Squadron said.
Many voters who took time out of their day to make their choice told NY1 it doesn't matter what election it is, they just make sure to get out and cast their vote.
"I just think it's important to be engaged in the process and I just dropped my daughter off to school so it's very convenient to just come in and vote," said one voter.
"If we don't vote, you know you want to make sure that the vote that you did a couple of weeks ago is represented again so I felt it was important to come back," said another voter.
"Every vote counts," noted a third voter.
Although turnout was expected to be very low, one woman told NY1 if people aren't sure about whom to choose, they should educate themselves and vote rather than just not showing up at all.
The polls are open until 9 p.m.
For more information, visit vote.nyc.ny.us or call 1-800-VOTE NYC.