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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.

vinny dinussi November 09, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Machines have been impounded. The Boys and Girls Club filled with voter irregularities
vinny dinussi November 09, 2011 at 07:41 PM
The loss to Ralph did not linger as the reporter claimed. On the contraryt, Meli and the whole room were upbeat and positive all the while. It was amazing to witness. Meli said now we have our foot in the door and we're going to make sure he controls his spending. The place went crazy. That sounds like fire and brimstone to me, not depression. On another note, those analyzing the numbers concluded that a lot of Dems swung over to vote for Meli. Ralph is a much weaker mayor this time around.. I hope Gallo and Spinello bring some sanity to this administration.
KAV November 09, 2011 at 08:43 PM
what about the absentee ballots, when do they get counted, or do they
any November 09, 2011 at 09:06 PM
http://www.antonnews.com/glencoverecordpilot/news/18979-too-close-for-comfort-on-election-day.html
any November 09, 2011 at 09:11 PM
aint over
Surjeet Singh November 09, 2011 at 10:46 PM
It is depressing to note that Glen Cove voters just don't think it is important to cast their votes. How can we improve our communities if the voters show indifference at the ballot time. If they don't want to participate, then they better not complain later on about the politiicans that get elected.
Mr. Smith November 09, 2011 at 11:36 PM
Well technically speaking there are no "official" winners in any of the races until the board of elections certifies the results which normally occurs within a few weeks of an election. All the numbers being presented to us are thus considered "unofficial" which means that you are right in that no winner has "officially" been declared. That said I've heard that "unoffically" Ralph has been declared the winner and it's expected that the "official" results will reflect that. On the other hand while the "unofficial" results show Germino with a slight lead, I've heard that the "official" results may not back that up. The situation seems very familiar because we experienced something like this two years ago when Ed Mangano narrowly defeated Tom Suozzi in a close race.
any November 09, 2011 at 11:48 PM
http://www.antonnews.com/glencoverecordpilot/news/18979-too-close-for-comfort-on-election-day.html Too Close for Comfort on Election Day Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Wednesday, 09 November 2011 15:25 Election Day 2011 revealed an extremely divided votership around much of Nassau County, with the Glen Cove area being no exception. At the time of this printing, the race between Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and Robert Germino for the 18th Legislative District was within a few votes (6,040 to 6,003 in Germino’s favor) and the Board of Elections was moving into hundreds of absentee ballots to get an accurate count. The mayoral race between Ralph V. Suozzi and Paul Meli was also close (2,915 to 2,798 in Suozzi’s favor), with political party representatives assuring that the Board of Elections had impounded voting machines to look at affidavits and absentees before confirming an official winner.
Elena DiMarco November 10, 2011 at 12:59 AM
I agree. Thank you for providing this very articulate and clear information. I will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.
Jamie November 10, 2011 at 03:22 AM
This is nuts! This is also 2011, and we're voting by filling in the dots and putting it into a scanner type machine that looks archaic to my 5th graders Robotics Team project. NUTS!!! Why are we not voting on-line, either at polling booths or at our homes/offices, and having a 100% accurate real time count right from the very first vote cast to the last? Also, why do they count 'absentee votes' last, and "only if needed - really?)? These votes are in house before Election Day, shouldn't they be counted first, (while keeping the results private)? Absentees too can be cast their vote on-line, even from another state/country. Makes me feel suspicious every year of back-room political favorites or worse, deals... Anyway, God bless our trusted leaders, whomever they may turn out to be. And thanks Elena for taking in the info and re-printing corrections. Not to many editors do that and I for one appreciate it.
Mr. Smith November 10, 2011 at 03:29 AM
Here is an updated Newsday article that helps further explain what is going on: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/glen-cove-gop-inroads-suozzi-hangs-on-1.3307934 As you can see from the article, absentee ballots have yet to be counted and the majority of those 275 ballots are apparently from democrats. It's expected that the absentee ballots were voted on along party lines and thus why Ralph is seen as the "unofficial" winner and why Germino may not hold onto his slim lead for long. (the article actually states that Germino did not win) Of course it's possible that the votes didn't go along party lines at all, which does happen from time to time, which would make things very very interesting.
Elena DiMarco November 10, 2011 at 04:21 AM
Hi Jamie. Thank you so much! That truly means a lot. I think it's important to keep our news up-to date, especially election results. This was a big election, and a scarily close one at that. I've been noticing many commenters mentioning online voting, which I think is super interesting! I believe it is in the future. However, our seniors have to be taken into consideration. My father is 68, and will not even approach a computer. You bring up a thought-provoking point regarding absentees: why are they counted last? I'd like to know myself. Once the absentees have been accounted for, we will be making all the necessary changes to the article. As of right now, it appears Mayor Suozzi will take the win. The race between Delia and Rob is, indeed, too close to call.
Tess November 10, 2011 at 04:22 AM
Two things,, I personally know many democrates that did NOT vote - their party this time............we are sick of our taxes going up, sick of the school taxes being raised every year cause of the contracts they have with the unions, etc. etc etc.............Are you aware that R. Suozzi doesnt even own a home - so he pays no taxes - just rent!! .......Wake up people........ Stop complaining about your taxes, when you pick a Mayor who keeps raising your taxes !!!...................and get yourselves to the voting booths.......... God forbid Obama gets relelected cause of people who think their vote wont matter!!
Tess November 10, 2011 at 04:23 AM
ooooooooops, typo -- Two things,, I personally know many democrats that did NOT vote - their party this time............we are sick of our taxes going up, sick of the school taxes being raised every year cause of the contracts they have with the unions, etc. etc etc.............Are you aware that R. Suozzi doesnt even own a home - so he pays no taxes - just rent!! .......Wake up people........ Stop complaining about your taxes, when you pick a Mayor who keeps raising your taxes !!!...................and get yourselves to the voting booths.......... God forbid Obama gets relelected cause of people who think their vote wont matter!!
Elena DiMarco November 10, 2011 at 04:30 AM
Hi Surjeet. I spoke to poll workers yesterday, and they ALL said the most underrepresented demographic in this year's race were young people. I think there needs to be more 20-somethings voting!
Gary B November 10, 2011 at 04:48 AM
Ive done my math. Of the 275 absentee ballots for mayor, Meli needs 72% or 197 of the 275 ballots to win. Germino only needs 43% or 243 of the 522 absentee ballots to win,
Tess November 10, 2011 at 05:09 AM
If Suozzi wins in the end,, maybe he should realize how "tough" it was for him TO WIN...........and realize many Dems went over to another party - meaning they are unhappy what is going on...... and wants a change (and the change is mainly -- no more tax hikes ..... simple... Renegotiate with the unions (teacher union) and maybe even get them out of here - which is probably impossible..........the added money every year only goes to up the teachers and administration salaries...........not the students enhancements............. If and when the project down the waterfront comes about -- they can not get a tax break like the avolon's did - that put a big burden on us Glen Covians !!! )
Lily Wiesner November 10, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Tess, I have been complaining about the same things you just posted. Everyone keeps complaining about taxes going up BUT they keep re-electing Suozzi! Suozzi should put his "Big Boy" pants on and go buy a house and pay taxes like the rest of us. One more comment, Suozzi should also send his boys to the school in their district. Why does he get to pick which school they go to? He doesn't even pay taxes!
Mr. Smith November 10, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Tess, the teacher unions are not for the mayor to negotiate with. The board of education (who are also elected) is responsible for the school budget and teacher union contract and thereby responsible for school taxes which just so happens to be the largest part of your tax bill and the part that the mayor (who has nothing to do with it) gets blamed for. The unions that the mayor deals with would be CSEA and PBA of which the PBA contract is the one that places a bigger burden on taxpayers as can be seen in the budget. Everyone seems so afraid to take on the PBA but while I appreciate everything their members do, I think it's time for them to give back something too.
Adam Bedell November 10, 2011 at 02:48 PM
FYI, what happened is poll workers @ Landing did not follow proper procedures. When someone does not appear on the voting rolls (generally an address change issue) -- you call the Board of Elections and they can find the person's proper polling place, or you offer them the chance to fill out a signed affidavit and vote. The thing you do not do is tell them, "No, you cannot vote here. Can't help." This is what happened to people who had the right to vote in Glen Cove but went to the Landing. In fact, this happened to one of the poll workers at Finley that left during her lunch break to vote @ Landing and was told she could not vote. When returning back to Finley one of the poll workers there called the Board of Elections and found out this person's polling place was St. Rocco's.
Leslie November 10, 2011 at 03:43 PM
As a chairperson at an election district in LV, I can tell you that it sounds like proper procedure was not followed. When someone arrives to vote, you check the books for their signature card. If their card is there, they are allowed to vote on the machine (scanner). If a card can not be found in the book, under no circumstances can you allow them to vote on the machine (scanner), you ask them their address again to make sure they are in the right district. (You would be surprised the number of people that do sometimes forget where they are supposed to vote) If they belong in the district, the election workers must allow that person to vote by paper ballot or affividat ballot, marking the ballot in private, putting it into the special envelope and the envelope being sealed and placed in secure bag for BOE to determine results. If they are not in the right polling district, they can not affidavit ballot at that district, they must do it at their correct district or the vote will not count. Also no one has to call BOE anymore. At every polling station is a Poll Coordinator. One of the Poll Coordinator's jobs is to look up in their Black Book (this book has every address and polling station in Nassau) the address of the voter and if necessary direct them to their proper polling station. I don't understand how the poll worker from Finlay School did not know to ask the Poll Coordinator to look up their proper polling station.
vinny dinussi November 10, 2011 at 03:59 PM
It's obvious from this conversation that those people working at polling places either aren't sufficiently informed about procedure or they're just plain stupid. If the latter, they should be permanently removed from particpating in the future. Voting is too serious a right to have a bunch of nitwits telling individuals that they can't vote. Not acceptable.
Romy Bennett November 10, 2011 at 08:19 PM
"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." Really? The voting population of Glen Cove showed you that 1 out of 2 DON'T trust in your team. Please remember that, Mr. Suozzi, when you are making tough decisions for our city.
Adam Bedell November 10, 2011 at 09:18 PM
@Leslie The poll worker I talked to at Finley relayed similar information. That they had the book that can look up every address, but also -- that at times people's "registered" address versus their current address is incorrect, and so they are given a list of numbers they can call (which she did multiple times) to confirm what polling place an individual was registered at. I have been told by this poll worker that the workers down at Landing (as well as others) did not attend the class that explains all this information to them, which makes no sense to me, as she said they are supposed to be mandatory. It is at Landing where people were told, "you cannot vote here" -- and not given further helpful information. Do you know anything about whether attending the class is enforced?
Tess November 10, 2011 at 09:40 PM
Personally (re: the people working to take votes - on each election day) -- I think they work too long hours and are exhausted by 3pm in the afternoon since they start work around 6 or 7am........ they should have two shifts of people -- work the morning shift - and another set work the afternoons and evening shifts...........this way not only does it stop the people who are working there working for 14plus hours a day, but it enables the workers to be more alert... I remember last year, I saw two workers at the landing school that actually fell asleep in their chairs.........
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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