New Yorkers cast mayoral ballots on first weekend of early voting


New York City voters came out to cast their ballots for the city’s next mayor and many other local elected offices during the first weekend of early voting.

In Red Hook, Brooklyn, local Bridgette Defreitas was among a trickle of voters at the poll site inside the Red Hook Recreation Center on Bay Street Sunday morning.

“If you don’t vote and exercise that right, then how do you get what you need done in your community, or just in general in the city” Defreitas told amNewYork Metro. “In the height of the pandemic, I voted.”

Bridgette Defreitas said public housing and crime were her top priorities while voting at the Red Hook Recreation Center in Brooklyn on June 13.Photo by Kevin Duggan

As a New York City Housing Authority resident, Defreitas’s major issues include the upkeep of the city’s public housing stock, crime, and having a person of color such as herself in office, which led her to rank Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams as first choice for mayor.

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