Archive for April 28th, 2006

28th April
2006

First Published in The New York Sun, April 28, 2006

By Andrew Wolf

In a county with of one of the nation’s sickest economies, the Bronx president, Adolfo Carrion, Jr., has come up with a plan to jump start one local industry segment, the borough’s restaurants. Mr. Carrion is utilizing a tactic that is not unfamiliar to the Bronx Democratic Party machine: he is trying to “fix” an election.

The election in question is the annual Zagat survey, the poll that asks those dining at restaurants which ones they like or dislike and why. Mr. Carrion and his government-funded “Bronx Tourism Council” (yes, there is such a thing), are distributing thousands of cards in the borough’s restaurants urging people to vote for their favorites. Prominently featured is the fact that casting a vote earns you a free copy of the local Zagat guide. (more…)