Newsday asked its readers how they think a President Clinton or Trump would impact them. Here are some of the responses we've received from Long Islanders so far. Tell us your story at newsday.com/2016impact.
'I think a Trump presidency would be positive for the nation'
Names: Taylor Urisko, left, and Michael Rooney
Ages: 22 and 21, respectively
Communities: Columbus, N.J., and West Islip
Occupations: Hofstra University MBA students
Support: Donald Trump
How do you think a Trump presidency would impact you?
URISKO: Referring to how they're both MBA students, she says it's important for them to have corporations that are sustainable in America. “We’re really, really, really focused on letting Trump invigorate our immigration policies, which is extremely important right now in our current economy,” she says.
ROONEY: “I think a Trump presidency would be positive for the nation,” he says. “I think it would re-invigorate the market, which is a big thing for the economy, bring jobs back to America and secure our borders.”
“He can lower the corporate taxes, too," Rooney adds. "Our corporate tax right now is 35 percent, which is the highest in the globalized world, so it’s important to bring it down – to have those companies bring the capital back to America and re-invest it into people and jobs. I think that’s very, very important for America.”
Has either candidate said something that’s scared you?
ROONEY: “So what really scares me, honestly, is Hillary’s email scandal. So that shows me that she doesn’t have the judgment that’s needed to be a real leader in America. I don’t trust her with everything that’s going on, to have those codes, those nuclear codes, to have all those big decisions just for her – I don’t think she has the judgment to make the right decisions.”
How can a president make a concrete difference in your life?
URISKO: She says both of her parents are baby boomers who do not have college educations and are "struggling financially." "I mean, they’re at the point where they’re going to be Social Security-eligible and there’s not much available for them,” Urisko says, explaining that her 62-year-old father just had surgery and is out of work. “And my mother works for commission every single day. And it’s very hard for them both, not being college-educated and being in this United States” where college educations are so important. She says Trump is working for “that person who is not college-educated who’s the working-class American, which is exactly what my parents are, so that extremely affects my life.”
ROONEY: “First of all, Donald Trump will lower my taxes by $6,000, right?” he says. He explains that he calculated how Trump's policies would impact his taxes at iSideWith.com, where he put in information such as his expected salary and student loans.
With lower taxes, Rooney continues, "I would then have more money to spend in the market, and this goes for everybody, not just me – they’d have more money to spend, so then it goes to the small businesses, it goes to other people trying to make their living, so it therefore reinvigorates the market.” Rooney also says Trump would secure America's borders and ensure that immigrants enter the country legally. "Because my parents are immigrants. They came in here legally."
'I feel more confident in her abilities to conduct herself in a professional [manner]'
Name: April Burfeind
Occupation: Insurance consultant
Supports: Hillary Clinton
How do you think a Clinton presidency would impact you? "I feel more confident in her abilities to conduct herself in a professional [manner] and despite some lingering issues (most notably the email scandal) hoping she has learned from those mistakes and will use utmost care going forward to ensure protection of confidential information. Feel she is much better equipped to handle the job as president."
How do you think a Trump presidency would impact you? "I'm very concerned by his erratic behavior and irrational ideas. I have zero confidence in his abilities to conduct himself properly as a president should, have major concerns about how he would effectively manage foreign relations with less stable nations. I believe his obvious discrimination against minorities would cause further divide in our country."
Is there an issue either candidate spoke about that you were happy to finally hear addressed? "One positive thing I actually do approve of with Trump was his promise to provide more tax relief to make early childcare and education more affordable. I pay close to $25,000 a year in childcare expenses and the tax credit and dependent care limits are a disgrace, at least in New York.”
'I won't vote for anyone'
Name: Anthony Gallo Sr.
Who will you vote for in November? "I won't vote for anyone."
How do you think a Clinton presidency would impact you? "Hillary does not realize what it is like to be poor, and what it is like to struggle and keep a roof over your head and support your family on a very small income. Hillary does not realize that you cannot take care of your family on $10 per hour for 37 hours. Hillary said no when it came up to increase it to $15 per hour. Why? She does not care about the poor. I believe that if Hillary wins we are all in serious trouble because nothing will change for the better and she will probably continue to do nothing to help us. I feel that she will continue to lie and jeopardize our spies and secrets, along with other private and privileged information, because she just doesn't care, and as president who is going to stop her. For the record, while she was a senator in New York, I personally reached out to her office for help and I received no help whatsoever. I feel that she will pretty much do absolutely nothing as president, but it will be funny to see Bill as first lady."
How do you think a Trump presidency would impact you? "I do not see Trump helping me at all because he has no clue what it is [like] to suffer. He does not know what it is to [go] from two salaries to one and none. He does not know what it is [like] to run out of unemployment insurance and still be without a job. He does not realize what suffering truly means and how you are going to pay rent and feed your family. I really do not see Trump winning because he has a big mouth and doesn't know when to keep it shut. His mouth is his biggest downfall and cost him this election. I do not see any of our armed forces voting for him or anyone else for that matter because he is an equal-opportunity racist."
What can a president do to make a concerete difference in your life? "Step down and go away and let someone else run for office. I would be proud to vote for Rudy Giuliani for president!"
'Trump doesn’t know what it's like to be poor, neglected, talked about, used'
Name: Mary Grady
Occupation: Office administrator
Supports: Hillary Clinton
How do you think a Clinton presidency would impact you? “I feel that Hillary Clinton understands what the people of the United States need and want in a president. She's been there from day one in all of her senatorial duties as well as that as first lady.”
How do you think a Trump presidency would impact you? “Donald Trump doesn’t know what it's like to be poor, neglected, talked about, used, manipulated. He does that! He is not good for our children who will inherit everything he leaves in their path.”
Is there an issue either candidate spoke about that you were happy to finally hear addressed? “Equality in pay! Yes! Finally!” Asked if she thinks Clinton, if she is elected, will make more progress on this issue than previous presidents, Grady says, “I do think that Hillary Clinton will address the pay equality issue after all, she is a woman, living and working in man's world. It is important that we as women be treated just as fairly to do a job that a man can do and get the compensation deserving of that job and/or promotion.”
'Second Amendment would be left alone'
Name: Gerry Chiarella
Occupation: Sales director
Supports: Donald Trump
How do you think a Clinton presidency would impact you? "Federal income taxes would increase dramatically; all borders would remain open in contradiction to law; Second Amendment would be repealed; liberal Supreme Court justices would be nominated; globalist agenda will move forward to the detriment of U.S. citizens and U.S. sovereignty; executive orders and new regulations will stifle business; the IRS will continue to [be] used as a tool for retribution against conservatives."
How do you think a Trump presidency would impact you? "Second Amendment would be left alone; U.S. First agenda over globalist; trade deals would be renegotiated to put U.S. back on firm financial footing though a more balanced approach to trade; federal budget will be balanced; reduction in crime by deporting people who do not legally belong in the USA."
How can a president make a concrete difference in your life? "Reduce the burden of federal tax — I pay over one-third of my income in tax and the cost of living on Long Island has increased dramatically over time.
Trump would 'have us in a war within 6 months'
Name: Debra Handel
Occupation: Semiretired. She retired after 31 years as a school psychologist and now works at an asphalt plant.
Supports: Hillary Clinton
How do you think a Clinton presidency would impact you? “It would maintain the system pretty much as is.”
How do you think a Trump presidency would impact you? “It would humiliate the country, embarrass me to be American and have us in a war within six months,” Handel says.
“Having Trump as a candidate has already embarrassed the country,” Handel adds. “The things he says are rude, crude and blatant lies. He merely shrugs his shoulder when caught. This week alone it has been reported that he funneled money from charities to cover personal expenses. Less has brought down governors in the U.S., this year! He is ignorant and feels that hiring ‘informed’ people makes up for that. He doesn't need to understand the world. Except that he is making decisions based upon what people tell him and look at his experts. Roger Ailes? Really?”
What can a president do to make a concrete difference in your life? “Put forth and support an agenda of government service to the middle class, improving our country with infrastructure and jobs investments and appearing intelligent and able to function on par with world leaders,” says Handel, who says she believes Clinton would appoint people like a Supreme Court candidate “that would protect our civil rights. She would attempt to continue the correct direction of this country with continued lower unemployment, continued business success, continued medical coverage as a right not as a privilege. If Congress were also Democratic, perhaps we could finally invest in our infrastructure instead of just giving tax breaks for millionaires.”
'I’ve been scared of the Clintons since their first reign'
Name: Bertram Donley
Community: Lives part time in Kings Point, and most of the time in Ohio
Occupation: Theologian, real estate consultant on Long Island and musician
Supports: Donald Trump
How do you think a Trump presidency would impact you? “His election would show the political class that the electorate are fed up with way the system does not work for them. Whether his presidency enables positive change, economic progress and equity for a greater number of people now disenfranchised can only be determined by giving him a chance. More of the same Democrat strategies and policies will not.”
Has either candidate said anything that has scared you? “I’ve been scared of the Clintons since their first reign when it became clear that they have no moral center. There isn't anything or position they wouldn't change for expediency. For them the end justifies the means, and that is unacceptable ethics.”
What can a president do to make a concrete difference in your life? “Enforce the laws. Create an economic climate for productivity. Appoint conservative justices to all courts.”
Clinton 'would secure a liberal and just Supreme Court for the next few decades'
Name: Geraldine Merola
Community: Sag Harbor
Supports: Hillary Clinton
How do you think a Clinton presidency would impact you? “It would secure a liberal and just Supreme Court for the next few decades, it would move us closer to universal healthcare, it would weaken the NRA and move us closer to rational and reasonable gun control and it would strike a serious blow to the alt right and their neofascist agenda.”
How do you think a Trump presidency would impact you? “A Trump presidency would alienate America's allies around the world and embolden her enemies. We have nothing to gain globally from a Trump presidency and everything to lose. The man is not a leader, he's puppet and he doesn't have the strength to resist his handlers — such is evident in his new sanitized appearances in the past few weeks. Domestically, we'd never recover from the hate mongering and the social upheaval of a Trump presidency. It's time to put a nail in the coffin of the WASP male-dominated America and throw some dirt on it.”
Has either candidate said or done something that was hard for you to explain to your kids or other young people in your life? “Trump routinely says things that I must somehow moderate to my children,” says Merola, whose kids are 8 and 11. “I want them to appreciate and celebrate people of all ethnicities and see it as a positive thing.”
Merola’s mother emigrated from Scotland in 1966. “I am a first-generation American and I need to point out that when The Donald says horrible things about immigrants — he's talking about us,” she says.
Jill Stein 'aligns more with my political beliefs'
Name: Marc Cecere
Community: Island Park
Occupation: Information technology project manager
Supports: He is leaning toward supporting Green Party candidate Jill Stein, saying “I just think she aligns more with my political beliefs."
How do you think a Clinton presidency would impact you? "Bring similar stability and status quo to that of Obama's terms."
How do you think a Trump presidency would impact you? "As the most unqualified potential president of all time it's hard to predict just how his presidency would impact me. I'd guess there would be a lot more racial tension in our communities. It appears he would cut taxes for the rich," says Cecere – describing himself as "in no way rich" – so that would "just slow down the economy for people like me. I'm a college grad with tons of debt. I don't think I've ever even heard him say the term 'student debt' so there's little hope of help there."
What can a president do to make a concrete difference in your life? "Relieve student debt, help consumers and middle class people, stop cutting taxes for millionaires, billionaires and giant corporations. Spend taxpayer dollars on rebuilding infrastructure and creating jobs."
'President Trump will break the monopoly of the Washington cartel'
Name: Ken Jacoby
Occupation: Benefits administration
Supports: Donald Trump
How do you think a Trump presidency would impact you? “President Trump will break the monopoly of the Washington cartel and bring new energy to reviving the American economy of the workers and not the Wall Street titans . . . we need to break the mold and try new things and President Trump will do that.”
Has either candidate said anything that has scared you? “Hillary Clinton lies, and lies, and lies yet again, even when called on the carpet for her lies and gross negligence by the FBI director. If her last name weren't Clinton, she'd be in prison.”
How do you think Trump would change Washington? “If Donald Trump manages to win this election, I believe it would send shockwaves through the political class, or at least, I hope it would. Voters over the last 10 years have been voting Democrat or especially Republican, sending representatives to Washington with the mission to fix our economy, especially for the working class/middle class families. Each time, the political classes promised they would make the necessary changes to make things better, it was only the political classes that seem to have prospered. If Donald Trump wins in November, this same political class will likely try to co-opt him and make him 'see the light.’ The hope is that The Donald would truly be independent and work to make things better in a way the political class has routinely failed to do.”
It is 'very, very scary' that he knows 'more than Donald Trump'
Name: Steve Walker
Community: Jericho. He is shown with his wife, Jane Seibel Walker.
Occupation: Small business owner
Supports: Undecided. Walker says Clinton is dishonest and Trump is ill-prepared. "For the good of the country, I guess you’d have to say Hillary Clinton," Walker says, but it will take a lot for him to support her.
How do you think a Trump presidency would impact you? "I think his election would be incredibly polarizing for our country. This would only continue the rapid separation of 'classes' in our country. It would exacerbate the cultural and color bias problems that have taken on a new life of their own in the last few years. We need the country to come together for the benificial results our entire population needs and deserves."
How do you think a Clinton presidency would impact you? "It would without question intensify the inability of the two parties in Congress to work together. It would intensify the battle of 'classes' that seems to have really mushroomed in our country's recent history. These two items alone, and there are very many more, will impact me and the rest of the country because of 'real' work being stymied by political wrangling! Another four years of lost opportunity, perhaps eight?"
Has either candidate said anything that has scared you? "I consider myself to be rather well versed on contemporary history and world events. Having said that, I certainly would not consider myself an expert on these matters. Therefore it is very worrisome hearing candidates say things that 'even' I know are ridiculous," Walker says. It is "very, very scary," he adds, "when I know more than Donald Trump."
The country and even the world are lacking statesmen like George Marshall and Winston Churchill, Walker says.