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The first-glance numbers are rough. But it appears that voter turnout was impressive despite the battering effects of superstorm Sandy, and displacement of thousands of voters, the power problems, and the gas lines.
One early set of returns put the totals at close to 6.1 million votes thus far tallied in New York State, with 97 percent of precincts reporting their machine votes....Read more »
After all the noise died down, Election Day in New York State may well have emerged with a similar effect to that of 2008, bringing out a big Obama vote and thus helping a number of down-ballot Democrats.
It may be worth a wonk's time examining the 1st Congressional District results at some point to see to what degree Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) benefited from Obama turnout versus...Read more »
At the end of election night it looked like President Barack Obama, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Tim Bishop and Brookhaven Supervisor-to-be Ed Romaine were among the winners.
Plenty else remains to run down and update, plus electoral fallout from the storm Sandy wake -- and the home page will be doing that all morning....Read more »
A fire and a gas leak sparked temporary evacuations at polling sites Tuesday morning in Nassau County, according to Republican Election Commissioner Louis Savinetti.
A small fire at Lindell Elementary School in Long Beach forced an evacuation of less than an hour, he said. The cause was uncertain, but the fire was quickly controlled.
A gas leak at the Childs School...Read more »
Some political operatives — Democratic, specifically — are expressing confoundment at Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s announcement Monday night that displaced Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk, Westchester and New York City voters may cast affidavit ballots at polling stations outside their home districts.
Cuomo and his aides have been clear all along in their public statements that you won’t be able to vote...Read more »
Theodore Jones Jr., the lone African-American on New York’s top court, has died of an apparent heart attack.
Jones, 68, died Monday at home in Rockland County. He served on the state Court of Appeals since 2007 after being nominated by then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Jones was considered by some experts the most liberal of the seven judges on the panel.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called...Read more »
Six years after New York City residents heard Mayor Michael Bloomberg issue a jolting Manhattan-centric defense of Con Edison despite a week-plus-long Queens outage, first-term Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took a decidedly different approach.
He relayed and reflected the frustration of National Grid and Con Edison customers over the utilities’ levels of preparedness and willingness to respond and...Read more »
Voters displaced by superstorm Sandy can cast provisional ballots at polling stations outside their regular district Tuesday, an change ordered by the governor on Election Day's eve.
Under the order signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, voters can sign affidavits that they are legally registered and vote wherever they can reach an open polling site.
Voters could participate in the presidential...Read more »
Following a meeting Monday, the Nassau County Board of Elections has released an updated list of polling sites for Election Day on Tuesday.
Please note that in some communities, several former polling sites will be combined at one location.
RELOCATED VOTING SITES
EAST ROCKAWAY AREA FORMER: Centre Ave. School, Charles Formont Senior Center, Rhame Ave. School...Read more »
On the eve of Election Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is weighing the option of allowing voters impacted by superstorm Sandy to cast provisional ballots at polling stations outside of their regular district, New York State Board of Elections Co-Chairman Doug Kellner said Monday.
“Governor Cuomo is considering such an action,” Kellner said. “There is a draft executive order that's been presented to...Read more »