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Long Beach resident finds voting easy in Amityville

Bill Alesi, 68, a retired salesman displaced from his Long Beach home by Sandy, voted at Park Avenue Elementary School in Amityville.

Alesi evacuated before the storm and took refuge with a niece.

He said he voted “conservative straight across” because of his philosophy of the Constitution: “I think our founding fathers knew what they were talking about,” he said. While most Republican candidates are “strict Constitutionalists,” he said, “Democrats and liberals want to rewrite the Constitution.”

Voting in Amityville via provisional ballot was easy, he said, a relief with so much uncertainty in his life. “I haven’t seen my house in a long time,” he said.

Grace Eickelberg, 26, of Amityville, who works in human resources for an architecture firm there, voted Republican “across the board” except in the Babylon Town supervisor’s race, where she voted for Democrat Rich Schaffer, chiefly on the recommendation of her boyfriend’s mother, who works for the town and praised Schaffer’s work.

Eickelberg said she grew up in a conservative household with a dentist father whose experience owning a small business informed her vote.

“I know this election matters, for taxation, Medicaid, Medicare,” she said.

Although her Unqua Place home is unliveable after flooding and she’s had to stay elsewhere in the area temporarily, she said she was never unsure whether she would vote this year.

“I hold the right to vote and I’m very proud to be an American,” she said. “If I can have any type of pull or push, I wanted to make sure to do that.”

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