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Would My Health Inspector Grandfather Vote for Kathryn Garcia?

Before Covid-19, going out to eat was an everyday and hopefully enjoyable experience. These days, eating in a restaurant may mean the difference between it staying open and closing for good.

During last week’s NYC Mayoral debate, one of the nominees, Kathryn Garcia, stated the following:

“We do need to make sure we are inspecting restaurants, but they can schedule the appointment so they are staffed to be able to manage it moving forward rather than losing a whole night’s worth of receipts,”

One of my late grandfathers worked for the city as a health inspector. I have to wonder, if he was alive today, what would he say to Ms. Garcia and would he vote for her?

Given his devotion to his job and protecting customers from food poisoning, I would think he would completely disagree with her opinion.

My opinion is that we don’t want to fine these restaurants out of business, they have enough on their plates these days. However, it must be said that the sanitary conditions must be up to par, not just for the diners, but for the kitchen staff as well.

In the end, there has to be a balance between keeping these establishments open and the restaurants clean. Is there a middle ground? The truth is that I don’t know if there is one.

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Andrew Yang is Wrong for NYC

A general election for any major role in government is akin to a horse race. Many will enter, but there can only be one winner.

This fall, New Yorkers will go to the polls to determine who will be our next Mayor. Among the candidates is businessman and former 2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

My personal feeling is that he is the wrong person for the job. He has good ideas (universal basic income, for one), but does he have the experience and the ability to follow through on these ideas? I honestly don’t know.

One that makes me question him is the fact that when Covid-19 hit the city last year, Yang and his family moved to the suburbs. While I understand the reasons for the move, it makes me wonder if he can truly handle a major crisis, should he be elected? We need a mayor who will step up, not find an excuse to not do their job.

At this point, I have not decided who I will vote for. But will it be Andrew Yang? Probably not.

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