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Ready, set, vote: Polls open across Long Island

Marilyn Sims casts her vote in the primary

Marilyn Sims casts her vote in the primary election at her polling place in Mineola on Sept. 13. Credit: Howard Schnapp

It's time to vote. Polls in Nassau and Suffolk counties are open until 9 p.m. Tuesday for Long Islanders to cast ballots for governor, state attorney general and comptroller, and all local seats for the U.S. Congress and the State Legislature.

Voters will also have a chance to decide a hotly contested race for Suffolk Surrogate judge, and a proposition for term limits in Brookhaven Town.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is running for a third term against Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, while Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) looks to fend off a challenge from Republican candidate Chele Farley.

Nationwide, the battle for control of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, both in Republican hands now, is viewed by many voters and political experts as a referendum on the performance of President Donald Trump, a Republican.

During the campaign, Trump has focused on the issue of immigration, while Democrats have highlighted voters’ concerns about health care.

On Long Island, the re-election bids of the two Republican congressmen — Lee Zeldin, who represents the 1st District, and Peter King, the longtime incumbent in the 2nd — have become multimillion-dollar battles.

Their Democratic challengers say they were motivated to run by Trump’s election in 2016.

Zeldin, of Shirley, is facing East Hampton commercial real estate lender Perry Gershon. King, of Seaford, is being challenged by Liuba Grechen Shirley, of Amityville, a progressive activist with economic development experience.

In total, Long Island voters can choose from 162 candidates running for 71 elected positions.

All nine Long Island State Senate seats are up for election, positioning the island to play a pivotal role in the fight for control of the Senate, where Republicans have a narrow margin of control.

Also up for election are 22 State Assembly seats and 29 judgeships. And town board seats are up in East Hampton, Babylon, Smithtown and Huntington.

In Suffolk’s 3rd Senate District, Assemb. Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue) is facing Suffolk County Legis. Monica R. Martinez (D-Brentwood) for the open seat that GOP State Sen. Tom Croci, of Sayville, is giving up to return to the U.S. Navy.

In Nassau, veteran Sen. Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset), chairman of the Education Committee, is facing a challenge in the 5th District from Democrat James Gaughran, chairman of the Suffolk County Water Authority. Marcellino narrowly beat Gaughran two years ago.

In the 8th District in Nassau, freshman Sen. John Brooks (D-Seaford) faces Republican Jeffrey Pravato, mayor of Massapequa Park.

In other competitive Senate races, North Hempstead Town Board member Anna Kaplan, a Democrat, is challenging freshman Sen. Elaine Phillips (R-Flower Hill) in the 7th District. In the 4th District, Democrat Louis D’Amaro, a former Suffolk County legislator, is challenging Republican Sen. Philip Boyle.

Those seeking voting information or the location of their polling places can call the Nassau County Board of Elections at 516-571 2411, or the Suffolk Board of Elections at 631-852-4500.

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