Why I'm voting
I'm one of those people that almost always vote. President, check, off-year Congressional, check, statewide, check, City, most of the time, primaries, sometimes.
This year, with all due respect to those seeking or in office, has been a harder sell. Between the catastrophic governorship of David Paterson, the Senate coup - and subsequent buy-off of the putschists and all the other greater or lesser scandals instead of that era of reform we were all promised once the Democrats took that majority - and the ongoing debacle that is the Assembly, really, why bother?
Then, of course, there was the marriage vote, which neither myself nor many other LGBT New Yorkers are in any mood to forgive anytime soon.
But this year offers the chance of a new start.
In Andrew Cuomo, we have a very thoughtful and by all appearances hands-on candidate for governor. After the vacuum of the Paterson era, that's exactly what we need.
Kirsten Gillibrand, obviously, is a rock star of the Senate and possibly the most exciting leader to emerge from this state in decades.
Eric Schneiderman is someone I've known for years and think highly of. When New York City activists couldn't get anyone to listen to them, Eric was the one who took the call and made the meeting.
So yes, tomorrow morning, I'm going to go vote. And the more I think about it, the more I look forward to marking that snazzy new paper ballot.
These people deserve my vote, and, I think, yours too.