The next date in Long Island's hopelessly complicated election calendar is Wednesday, when residents in many villages head to the polls.

At least nine villages have contested elections, and some are quite spirited. Seven candidates, including controversial former Mayor Andrew Hardwick, are vying for two trustee seats in Freeport. In Hempstead, school board president Lamont Johnson is among eight people running for two village trustee spots. At the other extreme is Baxter Estates, which has no one on the ballot for mayor.

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If your village is holding an election, get to the polls. Long Island worships local control, but that's a hollow concept if residents are not willing to participate. And some of the region's most exciting development is taking place in villages.

Be a part of that progress. Vote.