Today is officially Primary Election day, so voters throughout New York City can choose their favorite candidate for Mayor, Public Advocate, Borough President and City Council in their respective parties.
Here in Flushing, an especially contentious race has been waged between incumbent Councilman Peter Koo and challenger Alison Tan, a community board member and wife of Assemblyman Ron Kim.
Criticisms, charges and accusations have been flung toward both candidates.
Tan is partly running on improving quality of life in downtown Flushing, proposing increased sanitation services for Flushing’s crowded streets.
In late August, she launched a new online campaign called #WeDeserveBetter to crowdsource images and evidence of “the declining quality of life” in the area. You can find some photos on Tan’s Twitter page @Alison4NYC.
It’s an effective strategy, and if you scroll through her page, you’ll find several examples of garbage piling up on the streets.
But one of our readers curiously informed The Flushing Blog that the photo shared above actually came from another source, not downtown Flushing.
It appears the original photo was taken by Nivedita Jayaram on the streets of Mumbai, India, and was posted on Twitter months before it appeared on Tan’s page.
So what’s the deal? Is this a case of a misleading post, using a photo from the Internet to make a point? Or is there more to this story?
Either way, if you live within the 20th Council District, be sure to cast your vote today between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. If you’re a Democratic, you’ll be choosing between Koo and Tan.
To look up your polling site, see here.