By former Assemblymember Steven Sanders
The traveling Presidential campaign trail has reached New York State. The Republican and Democratic primaries are coming this Tuesday, April 19. It is now up close and personal. With the races in both parties showing signs of tightening, the results will have a consequential effect on the race for the Presidency. Of the four leading candidates from both parties, three can actually boast of their New York roots. Republican Donald Trump was raised in New York City and the center of his business empire sits in Manhattan. Democrat Bernie Sanders (no relation) spent much of his childhood living in Brooklyn and now is Senator from the neighboring state of Vermont. And of course Hillary Clinton resides in Westchester and served in the United States Senate for eight years representing New York State. Ted Cruz traces back to Canada, and now Texas.
The last President of the United States to call New York home was Franklin Roosevelt and before him Theodore Roosevelt. Beyond the Roosevelt family one needs to go back to the 19th century to find the last President from New York State.
Say what you will about Democrats Sanders or Clinton… they are both qualified to be President. This in spite of the increased political hyperbole from both campaigns. Both have served in government for a long time and more importantly, both thoroughly understand the issues of the day. And although the United State Constitution specifies that the only qualifications needed to be President are that you be a natural born citizen and at least 35 years of age, historically we expect far more from our national leader, especially in this complex day and age.