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Sandy No Obstacle to Voters

Many residents said they had no issues getting to the polls, even in parts of Rockland County where there are still roads closed.

 

Even with power out and some roads still closed, many Rockland residents spent the early portion of their Tuesday heading to the polls.

Anne Lepori, of Piermont, had to take a detour to get to her polling place, at St. John’s Church in Piermont, with portions of Piermont Ave. still closed due to the storm.

“I had to go up and around on Hudson Terrance to get here,” she said. “It took a bit longer to get here than it normally would otherwise, but that’s okay.”

She added she felt it was important to come out and vote Tuesday since she votes every election.

Another Piermont resident, who did not want to give her name, said taking a little longer to get to the polling station was a “very tiny issue,” especially when considering the devastation caused by the storm.

Making it easier for voters, Orange & Rockland restored power to five polling stations Monday night around midnight. The five locations without power prior to Monday night were Link Elementary School, Upper Nyack Elementary School, Liberty Elementary School, The Esplanade Palisades and New Square LP3 Community Room.

The only polling location that was closed on Tuesday was Woodglen Elementary School in New City. Voters scheduled to go there were told to vote at New City Elementary School.

Kim Jacobs, of New City, was originally supposed to vote at Woodglen, but found out via email two days ago the polling location was changed.

“It’s no big deal,” she said, adding she didn’t consider even slightly not voting due to the change.

Will Winfrey, of Nyack, voted Tuesday at Living Christ Church and said things are getting back to normal after last week’s storm. He said power at his house went back on Wednesday night and he didn’t have any trouble at all getting to the polls on Tuesday.

“You’ve got to vote,” he said. “The country’s still in crisis and somebody’s got to make something happen.”

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