Mayoral Candidate Massey Missed Chances to Vote on Many Past Election Days
Paul Massey wants to be mayor of New York City. But NY1 found out that on many Election Days in years past, Massey was a stranger at the polls. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
Paul Massey has no problem asking for your vote.
"I think the people will vote for the right person," he said in February.
The Republican real estate executive is running for mayor. He has no history or background in politics.
But NY1 has learned he does not have much of a record as a voter himself.
Up until October of 2015, Paul Massey lived on a tree-lined street in Larchmont in Westchester County. His yellow house and white-picket fence is a far cry from the streets of Manhattan. Larchmont is a leafy and wealthy suburb just about 10 miles north of the city.
NY1 uncovered the candidate's voting record from the Westchester County Board of Elections. Between 1996 and 2015, records show Massey only voted in five elections - five elections over 19 years. From 2001 through 2011, he did not vote at all.
Massey sat out for races big and small. He missed the 2004 presidential election. He didn't vote in the 2008 race for the White House, either.
Senate races, too, like Kirsten Gillibrand's election in 2010.
He did not participate in the 2006 or 2010 race for governor.
It's not like Massey had far to go to cast his ballot. His poll site is just about a half a mile away from his home. When NY1 drove there, it took us about three minutes.
He skipped out on local races as well, like a heated contest for his local assembly seat in 2004.
In 2008, he did not vote in a hot state Senate race in Westchester County.
A spokesperson for the Massey campaign would not comment about his Westchester voting record for our story.
The campaign did point out that Massey registered to vote when he moved to the city in 2015. City records show he voted in the presidential primary and the general election last year.