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Storm cancels polls in Bishop-Altschuler, other races

Congressman Tim Bishop, left, and his opponent, Randy

Congressman Tim Bishop, left, and his opponent, Randy Altschuler, pose with student Jennifer Linares after a debate between the two candidates at Hampton Bays High School. (Sept. 24, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

Thanks to superstorm Sandy, Siena College has abandoned plans to conduct final polls in several high-profile congressional and state Senate races on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley, a spokesman said.

Siena planned to do surveys in key races across New York during the final week of the election, Siena pollster Steve Greenberg said. The college conducted polls upstate but have given up plans to do so downstate because it couldn’t be assured of getting an accurate sample of voters in light of power outages and displaced residents.

So there will be no final polls in these contests:

 — Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) vs. Republican Randy Altschuler in the Suffolk County-based congressional district.

 — Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-Bedford) vs. Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney in a lower Hudson Valley congressional district.

 — Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Ozone Park) vs. Republican Eric Ulrich in a Queens-based state Senate district.

 — Republican Bob Cohen vs. Assemb. George Latimer (D-Rye) in a southern Westchester County-based state Senate district.

 — Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson) vs. Democrat Justin Wagner in Westchester-Putnam-Dutchess Senate district.

 — Sen. Stephen Saland (R-Poughkeepsie) vs. Democrat Terry Gipson vs. Conservative Neil DiCarlo in a Dutchess County-based Senate district.

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