OK. Majority is one of those words where the usage comes down to a factual error. Majority by definition is half + one.Originally Posted by Unregistered
1. If majority stands for a particular number it gets a singualr verb.
The majority was only seven votes.
2. If majority signifies most individuals in a category, then the verb should be plural:
The majority of kids from foster homes are finished school by the age of seventeen.
However, I think that in ceratin cases, it all depends on what the speaker has in mind - what he really wants to emphasize...if majority is to be represented as a group that is unified than the word majority gets a singualr verb.
The majority of Bush's republican voters stands strongly behind their leader.
Back to your original sentence. I suppose both singualr and plural are possible depending on which word gets the spot light...the word majority as a group or "New Yorkers".
More opinions and ideas on this subject are welcome!!