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In Brookhaven, votes on Mastic Beach leaders, mosque

Emotions run high as residents head to the

Emotions run high as residents head to the polls to decide if Mastic Beach should become a village or stay unincorporated. (Aug. 31, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday Photo / Jessica Rotkiewicz

There are two important votes happening today in the Town of Brookhaven.

First, Mastic Beach holds its first ever village election from noon to 9 p.m. at the Mastic Beach Fire Department. Prime village supporter Paul Breschard hopes his Village Vision slate will sweep the election, but his mayoral opponent Frank Cappiello — a local civic leader — says the challengers are better suited to unite the village in the wake of a contentious incorporation drive. Eight other candidates are running for four trustee seats.

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Plus, the Brookhaven planning board meets at 4 p.m. to vote on a controversial proposed Selden mosque. Some neighborhood residents have said the 8,000-square-foot building is too big for the neighborhood and will cause traffic and safety hazards. Mosque members say the charges are veiled Islamic bias. The planning board has balked at approving the mosque for weeks.

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