Nassau: Power secured for most poll sites

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Scrambling to meet a tight deadline, Nassau County officials said Saturday they have secured power for nearly all of their more than 300 polling sites for Election Day.

In the vast majority of districts, voters will be able to vote where they're accustomed, county Board of Elections officials said.

"That's very good news," said William Biamonte, Democratic elections commissioner.

But polling places will be consolidated to just four locations in storm-ravaged Long Beach.

In contrast, officials said they might not have to relocate Island Park and Woodmere voters after expecting to do so.

Nassau has been rushing to find power for its polling places in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. By last night, Republican Elections Commissioner Louis Savinetti said they were down to just 24 sites still looking for power.

The bulk of the rest of the sites will either be powered by the electrical grid or emergency generators Tuesday, he said.

"Everybody is trying hard, and I think we're in good shape," Savinetti said.

Suffolk elections officials did not return calls seeking comment Saturday.

The Nassau officials have been working with LIPA and the county's emergency management office, holding multiple briefings daily, to secure power on Election Day.

Biamonte said they expect to secure generators for the 24 remaining sites in time for voting.

Residents in Long Beach, one of the communities hit the hardest by the storm, will vote in one of four locations. Under the consolidation plan, those who:

previously voted at West School, Long Beach Housing Authority, Long Beach City Hall or Lindell School will now vote at Lindell School.

previously voted at Temple Emanuel or East End School will now vote at East End School.

previously voted at Lido Beach Middle School or Point Lookout's "old firehouse" will now vote at Bishop Molloy Recreational Center in Point Lookout.

previously voted at Atlantic Beach Park or Atlantic Beach Village Hall will now vote at Atlantic Beach Village Hall.

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