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Daughter, dad negate each other's vote

Carol Galgano, 70, a retired fire safety teacher from Oyster Bay Cove, has been living in Lindenhurst with her father, Anthony Simone, since her house lost power during Sandy.

That meant a 40-minute drive to Oyster Bay early Tuesday morning to check on her house and to vote and a return trip to Lindenhurst so she could take her father to vote at Edward W. Bower Elementary School on Montauk Highway.

She voted for President Obama and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, she said.

Endorsements from the New Yorker and Economist magazines and from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg influenced her presidential vote, she said, as had New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s recent praise of the president.

Her own assessment of Obama is that he’s done “a phenomenal job” after “stepping into a real mess.”

As for Romney, she said, “I can’t tell what he believes.”

She knew that her father’s vote would cancel hers out, she said, but believes “everybody should express” themselves by voting. “I drove him here,” she said. “If I was a different kind of daughter, I could have made an excuse.”

Her father, Anthony Simpone, 94, a retired Republic Aircraft superintendent who lives in the Venetian Shores section of Lindenhurst, voted for Romney because, “I think he’s a heck of a lot better administrator.”

He blamed Obama for growing the national debt and was optimistic about the challenger because “anyone who can run a business has got to have something on the ball.”

Simpone didn’t vote a straight ticket, though, casting his ballot for Democrat Rich Schaffer in the Babylon Town supervisor’s race.

Bower Elementary was the polling place for many residents of the village’s neighborhoods worst hit by Sandy, and last week hosted a FEMA vehicle where Sandy’s victims could apply for disaster assistance.

On Election Day there were no voting lines and few signs of the damage sustained just blocks south.

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