UPDATE: Suozzi Wins 'Tough' Race for Glen Cove Mayor

Republican challenger Paul Meli falls short; Republicans secure two City Council seats; Germino leading in 18th Legislative District.

was re-elected as mayor of Glen Cove on Tuesday.

It was an intensely close race with Suozzi earning 50.99 percent of the vote and winning by 117 ballots, according to the Nassau County Board of Elections. After taking a slight lead early on, Republican challenger fell behind.

At the late Tuesday, Mayor Suozzi and his supporters rejoiced for another two-year term.

"It was a tough campaign, but in the end we saw the people choose," he said. "There was a lot of negative campaigning and misleading information, but in the end, people showed their trust in our team."

Meli and his campaign remained in a positive state-of-mind at Republican headquarters at Tappo Restaurant. Although disappointment lingered, the candidates were grateful to "at least have their foot in the door."

"I'd like to thank all of my running mates," said Meli. "We hear all the time about great experience, but the bond you form with running mates is special."

Candidates Votes Percent Precincts Ralph Suozzi 2,915 50.99 19 of 19 Paul Meli 2,798 48.94 19 of 19

The Democrats did not have a complete sweep. For the first time in 16 years, two Republicans will be joining Glen Cove City Council.

Anthony Gallo Jr. and have secured two of the six seats along with Democrats Nicholas DiLeo, Anthony Jimenez, Michael Famiglietti and Timothy Tenke.

Defeated were candidates Sean Dwyer, , Pamela Panzenbeck, , Filomena Ricciardi and .

Gallo Jr. and Spinello both took commanding leads early on, according to election results.

Candidates Votes Percent Precincts Michael Famiglietti (D) 2,693 8.50 19 of 19 Nicholas DiLeo (D) 2,719 8.58 19 of 19 Sean Dwyer (D) 2,517 7.94 19 of 19 Martin Carmody (D) 2,381 7.51 19 of 19 Timothy Tenke (D) 2,666 8.41 19 of 19 Anthony Jimenez (D) 2,746 8.66 19 of 19 Pamela Panzenbeck (R) 2,628 8.29 19 of 19 John Hanley (R) 2,474 7.81 19 of 19 Anthony Gallo Jr. (R) 2,973 9.38 19 of 19 Reginald Spinello (R) 2,945 9.29 19 of 19 Filomena Ricciardi (R) 2,499 7.89 19 of 19 Kristina Heuser (R) 2,443 7.71 19 of 19

is currently leading in the race for Nassau County Legislator, 18th District, against Democratic opponent Delia DeRiggi-Whitton.

With 61 of 62 districts accounted for, the Republican candidate was ahead of in the polls by a single point.

Although she was in the lead through the first half, the race tightened up after more than 60 percent of the precincts were accounted for.

Candidates Votes Percent Precincts Delia DeRiggi-Whitton 6,003 49.83 62 of 62 Robert Germino Jr. 6,040 50.14 62 of 62

Editor's Note: All result tallies are unofficial. Patch will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

Leslie November 10, 2011 at 11:20 PM
@Adam Please understand that all the workers at the polling places are volunteers that are paid, but not BOE employees. Most poll workers are there doing their civic duty and are there to help facilitate everyone's right to vote. Classes are definitely mandatory for the chairpersons, poll coordinators and workers. I do know that everyone was asked to attend refresher classes after the Primary till the General Election. What I can not tell you if it is mandated or enforced, an excellent question for BOE. But what I can tell you in some instances is the people scheduled to work sometimes do not show up for whatever reasons, ie: sickness, accident, and that replacements are called to fill in. Sometimes these people may not have had the training but I can tell you it is up to the Chairperson of the polling station to make sure that all poll workers can carry out the duties, and that if any problem arises it is the Chairperson's responsibility to make sure it is taken care of. I am truly sorry that people were turned away and not helped because to me exercising your right to vote is very important and not to be taken lightly.
Leslie November 10, 2011 at 11:37 PM
@ Tess While I can not speak for BOE since I am only a volunteer worker, I can tell you it is a very long day. We have to be at the polling station by 5:15 AM to ensure that the polls are up and open at 6:00 AM for the public to vote. I would venture to say that since it is sometimes hard to fill these positions, creating shifts may cause more problems filling the positions. Again these are excellent questions for BOE. I can tell you that it can happen that someone nods off. I have been at my polling place when it has been stifling hot with no a/c and no fresh air, and have fought to keep my eyes open. I am not saying it is proper but there may other reasons why they may be nodding off. Again I have to say that it is the Chairperson's responsiblity to make sure everything runs smoothly at their polling station and not to allow people to sleep at the tables.
Adam Bedell November 11, 2011 at 12:48 AM
I plan to talk to BOE tomorrow. I have been playing a little phone tag confirming details before talking to them. Also, when a person does not vote in every row the machine gives a warning, but this is totally fine -- you don't have to vote in every race. Apparently though, people were being told they had to complete all rows after not doing so at one of the polling places. These seem to be small incidents isolated to specific places and obviously not the norm. But many of the races were close and when incidents like this occur it disappoints people, and gives them a bad taste for something that should be a positive experience.
Tess November 11, 2011 at 05:39 AM
Leslie, I agree with you -- but also think -- maybe people that volunteer opt out at the last minute CAUSE of the long day they know they will have to endure.............so MAYBE having shifts might be better whereas people wouldnt mind helping for 6-8 hours versus from 5am ish till past 9pm (when polls close).......... I hope someone gets this idea to the BOE.......or whomever needs to hear this! ty
Dave Nieri November 15, 2011 at 08:51 PM
I worked a half a day as a 'poll watcher' (unpaid volunteer) and a half day at my job. I opened one polling location at 6 am, and closed another at 9:30 pm. This was a first for me and it was enlightening. As a poll watcher, I had no authority to interact with voters. But the training for handling the new paper ballots definitely needs improvement for the paid staff. The old machines would handle what you could do and not do and people understood how to vote for the most part. I observed so many voters who didn't have a clue what to do with the paper ballots. This was compounded by erroneous instructions given by paid poll workers. Advice overheard at least twice: "just vote straight across". The City Council vote requires voting for ANY SIX candidates. Supreme Court Judges were presented for ANY 10 candidates. The Council candidates are not running against each other in the same column - the 6 top vote getters are elected 'at large'. Few people realize (and I think that includes the poll workers) you can split your vote within the same column on different party lines, so long as you are not voting twice for the same person. And yes, I observed other mistakes made (which I believe were corrected in most instances) due to the long day and the exhaustion of many of these workers.


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