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Glen Cove Votes for Mayor, City Council, Legislator

Mayor, six city council seats, and 18th Legislative District legislator on ballot.

Glen Cove residents are casting votes for candidates in several races during Tuesday’s election.

Poll coordinators at have reported moderate turnout so far.

The talk of the city is the mayoral race between Republican  and incumbent Democrat .

Former and current residents showed their support for specific candidates on Facebook, replacing profile photos and updating statuses.

“When I left [Glen Cove], the mayor was Suozzi and he was a great man and mayor,” said former resident, Bill Walter, in a comment. “If his son is anything like his dad, he should win. Times are hard all over, not just in Glen Cove.”

John Schepanski felt differently, expressing interest in Suozzi’s opponent: “Glen Cove needs change and needs it fast!!!” he said via Facebook.

Voters are also choosing six out of 12 potential City Council Candidates.

Nicholas DiLeo, Sean Dwyer, Michael Famiglietti, Anthony Jimenez, Timothy Tenke and are up for election along with Anthony Gallo, Jr., , , Pamela Panzenbeck, Filomena Ricciardi and .

The Nassau County 18th Legislative District race features , R-Glen Cove, against , D-Glen Cove, both pursuing the seat left by Legislator Diane Yatauro, .

“I know there's frustration in Glen Cove, but I don't sense a lot of anger,” said resident and Patch blogger John Cocchiola via Facebook. “The last time a Republican took a seat (any seat) in Glen Cove, I was in my thirties (I'm fifty now). The Republicans have an uphill fight in Glen Cove, but they keep fighting it.”

One resident, who asked to remain anonymous, hopes to see new faces in city government; he believes this will bring about positive changes to Glen Cove’s atmosphere.

“You hear from different groups about their doubts of the benefits and cons of the Waterfront project. Mostly it is the cons that have people guessing that this shouldn't be done,” he said. “What they seem to miss, is that our 'small town' is dying. There needs too be a reason for people to visit Glen Cove.”

Polls will be open until 9 p.m. To find your voter status and polling place, click here.

Elena DiMarco November 08, 2011 at 11:38 PM
Hi Bob. I voted around noon, and I was pleased the new voting machines were working properly!
Mr. Smith November 08, 2011 at 11:51 PM
Am I the only one who doesn't like the new machines/new voting system? I feel somewhat like it's a step backwards. I need to fill out a paper ballot with little dots as if I was taking an S.A.T. test and then feed it into a electronic machine. Why couldn't the machine have a nice touch screen interface where I could make my selections on the machine itself and vote in that fashion? I also feel as if I have less privacy now. The old lever machines had a curtain and when you were voting you were completed enclosed. The new system sets up a small stand where someone could easily hang around you and see what you are marking on your ballot. Also when feeding the ballot into the machine, it's totally exposed and someone could easily snoop at your selections that way as well.
Bob Shane November 08, 2011 at 11:55 PM
And in all honesty, Elena, I was not an original supporter of these new machines. I felt at the time -- and still do, really -- that the old lever machines worked fine and didn't need to be replaced. However, because this particular vote went so smoothly, I'm beginning to have a change of attitude on the whole thing. Ultimately, I would really like to see this evolve into online voting. That's when you'll begin to see increased levels of participation -- especially in the off years and in school budget/BOE elections. But they'll have to work on a few security/privacy issues first. If they can nail that down, deciding whether to go to that type of system will be a no-brainer.
Mr. Smith November 09, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Thank you Bob! Glad to see someone else feels the same as I do, well somewhat anyway. I do admit it seems to have gone smoothly today, but I still feel the system has room for improvement. The logical next step would be as I said in my other post, touch screen machines. If they can make a wonderful relatively flawless touch screen on an iPad they certainly can do the same for a voting machine. Then after that I can see, as you do, online voting, but that's not for a long time to come.
Elena DiMarco November 09, 2011 at 12:01 AM
@Bob: I completely agree with you - on all points! @Mr. Smith: That's funny you mention the SATs. I swear I heard someone say at the polls today that voting felt like "taking an exam." I also made sure I picked a good privacy booth, one with the least amount of "traffic" around it!
Mr. Smith November 09, 2011 at 12:07 AM
I'm glad to see that others feel the same way that I do about the new system. They said this new system was supposed to improve the voting experience. If a voter feels like they are "taking an exam" when they go to vote, that surely will discourage people from voting which is the exact opposite of what they want happening.
Bob Shane November 09, 2011 at 12:09 AM
When these machines made their debut, Mr. Smith, I felt exactly the same way. But today was completely different. The machine took the ballot right from the privacy sleeve as it was supposed to do. Then I hit a simple screen selection to submit the ballot, and it was gone. Now, as far as privacy is concerned when marking the ballot, there is some legitimate concern. But I've got to tell you ... if I ever...EVER saw someone looking over my shoulder to try to catch a glimpse of my ballot, I ... well, let's just say it might be an eventful day. Anyway, there was no problem with any of it this time around. Last time? A whole bunch of logistical and technical issues ... a whole bunch. What a relief this time!
Mr. Smith November 09, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Elena, will patch be reporting on the results fairly quickly tonight? News 12 and the B.O.E. tend to take forever to post any results from Glen Cove.
Elena DiMarco November 09, 2011 at 12:15 AM
As soon as the results are in, Patch will be posting!
Bob Shane November 09, 2011 at 12:27 AM
Touch screen would be an improvement over this system, no doubt. But the whole idea of going to a remote location to perform such a relatively simple task seems so archaic in the 21st century. I mean, the rate of technological progress in the last 150 years has been exponential -- so much so, in fact, that the measurable progress dwarfs just about everything that came before (for thousands of years). This thing can be done. But the real question is ... is it enough of a priority to get a few engineers to work it out? Probably not right now.
Mike Bruschini November 09, 2011 at 01:32 AM
For those who want to see online voting, how would you confirm the identity of voters? There's plenty of dead people voting as it is these days.
Bob Shane November 09, 2011 at 02:02 AM
I guess the easiest analogy would be the unique, nine-digit identifier we all know as the Social Security number. But since we're talking about voting within one specific state, the identifier would not have to be that long. A string of alpha-numeric data could serve as a unique pin. Once that identifier is activated, and the vote is cast, the pin becomes instantly inactive for that election cycle. I don't mean to make it sound that easy because there are security and privacy issues to work out - i.e.: linking a particular name to the pin and, therefore, compromising the anonymity of the vote itself. But I do believe it can be worked out *if* there is a strong desire to proceed with this.
Panax November 09, 2011 at 06:00 AM
Voting machines at Finley had repeated system errors. Poll staff were clueless. All I can say is, I think I voted.
Marc Rosen November 09, 2011 at 02:48 PM
Actually, studies show that voter fraud is, compared to the general population, unusually rare in the US. Voter suppression, on the other hand, is making a comeback the likes of which haven't been seen since Jim Crow!
Robert Panzenbeck III November 09, 2011 at 03:08 PM
I prefer the old machines to the new paper ballots with a privacy sleeve that's too small to fit them. You had a curtain, you turned a few switches, and it worked. I'm all for voter literacy and competence, but the new ballots sort of intimated that you could only pick one candidate per row, which might have been confusing for city council elections. It made it seem as if the candidates were matched one to one.
Mike Bruschini November 09, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Where have you seen vote suppression Marc?
Adam Bedell November 09, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Also, votes who had previously voted @ Landing were turned away from the polls.
Marc Rosen November 09, 2011 at 03:51 PM
I was making a nationwide statement. Basically, the whole ID thing is part of that, especially since 11% of Americans don't have current government-issued IDs. The whole proof of residency thing is also voter suppression, for students. There's no way to sufficiently prove that you're living in the dorm, since you don't pay them utility bills and it doesn't double as a mailing address for everything. I could go on, but ID requirements also discriminate against POOR voters, because there is no free ID available that meets the requirements.
Carla Hall D'Ambra November 10, 2011 at 04:59 PM
When I went to vote it was fast, easy and efficient.

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