With apologies to Christopher X. Brodeur (see the Op-Ed, page 22), we took a very informal poll of local cabbies to see where their allegiances lie for the upcoming mayor’s race. In short, their allegiances lie pretty much nowhere — they don’t like Bloomberg and they’ve never heard of Ferrer. Yay for democracy!
Abul Where I hailed him: Lower East Side Where he hails from: Bangladesh Years as a cabbie: 7 Previous profession: Construction
That’s a good question. That’s a hard question. Last time I voted for a Democrat. This time I’m not sure. I haven’t made up my mind. I’d really like this guy Gifford Miller. Miller was my guy. Bloomberg has done a good job, especially with the city’s finances. But some parts are no good — the ticketing of everyone — that I don’t like. That’s how he is raising all the money, by giving out tickets. But it is taking from the poor people. You cannot stand around for a minute without them giving you a ticket. I live in Staten Island, and he has done many good things for Staten Island, but all this ticketing I do not like.
Muhammed Where I hailed him: Gramercy Where he hails from: Pakistan Years as a cabbie: 16 Previous profession: Travel Agent
I don’t really have a preference. I don not think it will matter. What will actually change from one to the other? I think that Ferrer is going to win this year, though. I wouldn’t say that Bloomberg has done a very bad job, but I think that there is a lot of popularity for Freddy Ferrer at this time. Bloomberg has been ok. You know who the worst mayor in New York City was? Giuliani. What did Giuliani do? So, you are from the Federal Government, right? Then what are you doing asking me all of these questions. What is this magazine. I have never heard of it before! I have never seen it before!
Anthony Where I hailed him: West Village Where he hails from: Queens Years as a cabbie: 20 Previous profession: Maintenance
Whoever can fix that fucking pothole I just hit. I’m not kidding pal. These scumbags — they can’t do a single thing right. How much competence does it take to fix a fucking pothole? Neither of these scumbags can do it. What good is a mayor if he can’t fix a fucking pothole?
Micky Where I hailed him: East Village Where he hails from: India Years as a cabbie: 2 Previous profession: Medical student
The last election I voted for Bloomberg. The guy is good — as a politician. I think people tend to underrate the guy. I can’t say that he helps taxi drivers out much directly, but I can’t complain about what he’s done with the police department. The city is safer now than it was under Giuliani. The parking tickets I don’t like. The fines have gone up. I understand the guy has a budget to balance, but does he have to balance it on my rent money? All in all, I believe I’ll still be voting for him.
Mohammed Where I hailed him: Midtown East Where he hails from: Pakistan Years as a cabbie: 5 Previous profession: Construction
You ask me my opinion on who should be mayor? I have strong opinions. Bloomberg: he is the chairman of fines! He has too many fines on everything. The cigarettes, the parking, the subway. And the commission! [Taxi & Limousine] Following me around waiting for me to make a mistake so they can fine me. Bloomberg must know that New York City is not only for the rich people. He doesn’t know. He’s a rich man. He’s not living in my world and never will be. He lives in a wealthy world — not our world. Bloomberg is taking my money every day and I don’t think he even knows it. No, no I cannot support Bloomberg. Who is the other man? He has my support.