New York City Mayor Michael Michael Bloomberg is certainly not letting the grass grow under his feet when it comes to reaching out to the Irish-American community.
Last week he met with Irish parents from the Sunnyside area of Queens to discuss issues of importance to them over breakfast at Gracie Mansion.
The spirited two-hour discussion covered dozens of topics according to Irish activist Ciaran Staunton, who organized the breakfast.
“The mayor showed himself to be fully briefed on all issues of concern to the Queens Irish community,” Staunton said. “It was an impressive performance.”
Queens Irish are a key demographic for Bloomberg, who needs the ethnic outer borough votes in his run for office. His campaign has taken nothing for granted this time around and are organizing heavily in ethnic neighborhoods in Queens and elsewhere.
Bloomberg is certainly well ahead in the race, but in a year where voter dissatisfaction with sitting politicians is clear from polling he can take nothing for granted.