Long Island residents were asked if the candidates for governor were saying enough about what they would do to fix Albany. And what issues they want to hear the candidates address.
Bessie Tortola, 78, retired food service worker from Wheatley Heights: "Nobody knows what to do to fix the state. All they do is talk double talk and try to dig up dirt on the other person to distract from their lack of a message. And even if they do have ideas when they are running, they don't keep their word when they get into office. The cost of living for seniors should be addressed, and improve services for us. It's hard to live on a fixed income with things like food, gas, taxes constantly rising. My income is at my ankles but my costs are almost over my head."
Lynn Jacobowski, 36, unemployed financial services worker from Melville: "I don't see a lot about local issues. You read more about [President Barack] Obama and federal issues. But, then again, I may not be focusing on the local campaigns yet. As we get closer to the election I will, but right now I'm not happy with how things are at the federal level. But their [candidates for governor] positions should be more in the papers because the federal issues affect the local ones. I would like them to tax less and spend less. I think that's the right formula."
Joel Robinson, 60, marketing consultant from Huntington: "The big question is whether voters are listening. For me, it's a little early in the election cycle for me to be completely engaged. My main source of information on their campaigns will be the series of debates. We'll see who engages me with their ideas. But not until then. I'm interested in bread and butter issues like the New York State economy, the relationship between the state's financial well being and the new federal programs."
Jeffrey Klirsfeld, 48, a Levittown podiatrist from Lido Beach, said he has heard little from any of the candidates for governor. "But the two top issues they all should be talking about are the economy and education, which I think are related," he said. "Education is the groundwork for everything else. They can't let that get shortchanged."
Roger Moore, 42, the owner of Village Auto Clinic in Hempstead, said he had not heard or read about where the candidates stood on his top issues. "The state is in a shambles because of the high taxes, and that's the major issue these candidates should be addressing," he said. "They should talk about stopping the tax increases, but they need to tell us where that tax money is going. They should [talk] about some additional priorities, like better schools, more police and creating jobs."