Politics can often feel so far away. For riders that take the subway every day, they don't care about bickering between City and State officials. That's why City Hall in Your Borough was such a success. It made local politics all the more tangible.
Sure a lot of it is a photo opportunity, but it's nearly impossible to govern a city you aren't familiar with. That's why getting officials like Mayor Bill de Blasio to places like Far Rockaway, Jackson Heights and Laurelton is so important.
There was even a story of an angry woman confronting the mayor over a trip to Germany. That doesn't happen while he's at city hall. By taking to the streets and meeting with constituents, elected officials are held accountable by the people they serve.
The Mayor made stops at local businesses like New Park Pizza in Howard Beach where real New Yorkers – many of whom aren't too supportive of the current administration – live and work. It's a chance to hear about the micro-issues plaguing both local residents and businesses instead of dealing with everything on a macro level.
The more local politics are, the better they serve the community. This initiative is a great example of the power of local politics.
Spending a week in each borough is a good way to really represent the people of the city, but now it needs to be taken further. The City should consider doing it multiple times a year or even lengthening the stays of city officials.
Maybe next year, “Queens Week” could be turning into “Queens Month.”