Updated 06/25/2012 06:47 PM
Push to get Newburgh residents to the polls for primary
A day before the 18th Democratic Congressional Primary, nearly every candidate briefly puts down their campaign signs and comes together encouraging the public to vote. The hopefuls showed up at a place many people are feeling hopeless. YNN's Elaina Athans has more.
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NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- "Promises are easy to make, but following it through is something totally different. They don’t follow through," said Newburgh resident Ertha Raymond-Augustine.
Little faith in political leaders among Newburgh residents, some are questioning if they're vote even matters. It's reasons like this a last minute "meet and greet" was held in the city to encourage residents to participate in Tuesday's Democratic Congressional Primary.
The gathering was hosted by the Newburgh Democratic Committee, whose goal for Tuesday is getting folks out of their house and into a polling location.
“It’s upsetting that we need and we want, but we’re not willing to get out and fight for it. And all it takes to start the fight is your vote," said Newburgh Democratic Committee Roxie Royal.
Newburgh is a city that typically votes Democrat, however,voter turnout has historically been extremely low. The Democratic Committee says for a city where people often beg and plea for there to be change, few are willing to take part in a process that could bring about change.
"When you complain, it’s really falling on deaf ears because you didn’t cast your vote. And that’s what’s important and that’s what’s key," said Newburgh Councilwoman Gay Lee.
Five men are vying for the democratic line. One resident, though skeptical, will vote and hopes it'll mean something.
"We need jobs and we need something in the community to get the children involved so there’s not on the streets breaking the laws," said Raymond-Augustine.
The winner of this primary will next go head-to-head with Nan Hayworth, the Republican incumbent.