Tom White’s Late Abstention on Sonny Carson

Yesterday at City Hall, I ran into Councilman Tom White of Queens, one of the Council members who was absent the day of the emotionally charged vote over whether to rename a stretch of street for black nationalist Sonny Carson.

I asked him how he would have voted if he was there.

“You don’t want to ask me that,” he responded.

He said he was at a doctor’s appointment and hadn’t taken a position on it yet.

Why, I asked?

“Because I don’t live in Brooklyn,” he said.

But after hearing all about it, how would he have voted?

“I don’t know,” he said, and walked away.