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Mastic Beach votes on village status today

Pictured above: Barbara Scalafani and Patti Conover, right,

Pictured above: Barbara Scalafani and Patti Conover, right, display their support for the Village of 'Mastic Beach during a Brookhaven Town meeting in Mastic Beach, (Feb. 22, 2010) Credit: Photo by John Dunn

Mastic Beach residents will vote Tuesday on whether the 11,500-resident hamlet will become the ninth incorporated village in Brookhaven Town.

The election will be held from noon to 9 p.m. at the Mastic Beach Fire Department at 265 Neighborhood Rd. in Mastic Beach.

>> Read Patrick Whittle's full story

And Follow Patrick's Twitter feed as he comments from the scene.

Here's a taste:

Councilman Panico also says turnout has been "steady all day." It's going to be a zoo in here from 5 to 8.

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Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko says #MasticBeach voter turnout "hasn't stopped, all day." It is packed now. 

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Now it's more of a sign-holding, thumbs-upping, smiling demonstration. No electioneering here.

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Brookhaven public safety guy says people have to stop chanting because the sound is crossing the buffer.

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I'd say pro #MasticBeach village people outnumber anti- village people by a 3-2 [ratio]. No actual Village People yet. 

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The #MasticBeach sign-wavers are a windful for Pizza Time, which is advertising $8.19 large pies.

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Another group of kids is holding red "No Village" signs across the street. One has a Marshall Faulk jersey.

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Sweet little boy now yelling "Taxes will not go higher" into bullhorn on street corner. #MasticBeach can exhale.

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