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Nov 2, 2012 2:08 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: Campaigns Offer Rides To Polls On Tuesday In Light Of Gas Shortage

Nov 5, 2012 3:47 PM

UPDATE Monday, 2:35 p.m.

Republicans and Democrats across the county are organizing car pools for Tuesday to literally get out the vote amid a gas shortage panic.

Diana Weir, the campaign manager for Republican Randy Altschuler, and Robert Pierce, the communications director for Democratic U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, each said their campaigns were organizing volunteers to be ready to drive voters to the polls, if they need a ride.

Ms. Weir said that the Brookhaven Town Republican Committee hired six buses to be ready to drive people around. Brookhaven Town is the largest in the county, with approximately 500,000 residents.

Those who need a ride from Mr. Altschuler’s campaign can call 775-9230. Those who want a ride from Mr. Bishop’s campaign can call 696-1345.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

UPDATE Friday, 4:35 p.m.

No polling places on the East End will be relocated for Election Day, according to Jesse Garcia, the Hispanic outreach coordinator in Republican Commissioner Wayne Rogers’s office at the Board of Elections. But it’s unclear at this point how many polling locations are still without power.

There are only five out of 342 polling places across the county that will be changed due to structural damage or debris blocking access, Mr. Garcia said. Those locations are in the towns of Brookhaven, Babylon, Islip, Huntington and Smithtown.

“It was a surprise that it was that limited,” he said. “We’re still dealing with LIPA on power issues, but we’re confidant LIPA will get it up.”

The agency asked the Long Island Power Authority to prioritize restoring power to polling locations that are without it, he said.

The Board of Elections has extended the deadline to submit absentee ballots. Absentee ballots will be accepted until 9 p.m. on, Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Asked how many polling locations were without power, Mr. Garcia said he didn’t know.

“I couldn’t even guess,” he said. “It changes every half-hour.”


With widespread power outages and a gas shortage panic bringing Long Island to a standstill, some political leaders are worried about whether residents will be able to get to the polls on Election Day this Tuesday.

The Suffolk County Board of Elections sent out a news release on Thursday in light of Hurricane Sandy stating that the agency was working “diligently” to prepare for Tuesday’s general election, when citizens across the nation will cast their ballots for president and local races.

“Working in cooperation with the State Board of Elections, the governor’s office and local municipalities, we are currently assessing the situation regarding the accessibility of our polling places,” the press release said. “Once we establish which of our polling places are inoperative, we will make arrangements to relocate those election districts, notify voters and accommodate the electorate to the best of our ability. Our absentee ballot program has been uninterrupted and extended. We are doing everything possible to ensure that our elections will move forward as scheduled.”

What’s more concerning to some local political leaders is the lack of gas to get to polling places. Gordon Herr, the chairman of the Southampton Town Democratic Committee, said he’s not so worried about whether the town’s approximately 20 polling places will have power. “I’m more concerned about people getting to the polls, actually,” Mr. Herr said on Friday.

That’s a concern shared by Kurt Kappel, the chairman of the East Hampton Town Republican Committee. “I’m concerned more about gas right now,” he said. “Between here and most of Long Island, it seems gas is pretty scarce right now. It could definitely be a problem if gas supplies don’t come through.”

William Wright, the chairman of the Southampton Town Republican Committee, said while the scarcity of gas has “concerned” him, he’s more focused on the overall damage brought by Hurricane Sandy.

“I am worried, but actually you know I’m worried about our local community and how they’re handling power outages and the storm,” he said.

Jesse Garcia, the Hispanic outreach coordinator for Republican Commissioner Wayne Rogers’s office at the Suffolk County Board of Elections, said on Thursday that the agency is working to get polling places up and running. He said that both Democratic Commissioner Anita Katz and Mr. Rogers have jointly coordinated an effort to dispatch “spotters” to make sure machines can be received at polling places, and to also make sure there aren’t any structural or power issues at those locations. The goal is to “minimize any impact to polling places from the storm.”

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Well well well the press finally gives us a venue to speak about the election instead of one that is 6 weeks old. Its not like its important or anything!
Nov 4, 12 5:22 PM appended by joe hampton
After all we needed 9 stories on a little wind and some gas lines then the BIG news in town the Scallops Season Start Is Stalled By Sandy. Give me a break. ROMNEY RYAN BABY!
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Nov 4, 12 5:22 PM
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The New York Daily News Endorses Mitt Romney

Long Island's NewsDay Endorses Romney
Nov 4, 12 7:47 PM appended by They call me
NY Times Analyst: 'Real Sense Of Enthusiasm For Romney Campaign' Jeff Zelany on Sunday discussing the enthusiasm gap between the Romney campaign and Obama's re-election effort. Yes, Mr. Zelany...in case you haven't traveled much outside of Washington and New York...there is HUGE enthusiasm for Romney. He has proven himself a worthy opponent of the Democratic machine and once the media gets over their shock and horror, they are going to have to come to grips with the fact that they did everything they could to keep Obama in office and they failed. Mitt is going to win without Hollywood, without the Nightly News, without the New York Times and without Phil, PBR,Witch Hazel, Mr. Z and Hat Head
By They call me (2826), southampton on Nov 4, 12 7:47 PM
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<-------- There bitter, there clinging to guns and religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Where going down, Help us OB1athome your our only hope
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Nov 4, 12 8:11 PM
Here are the stats. As of today, 11 newspapers that endorsed Obama in 2008 have now endorsed Mitt Romney:
•The New York Daily News;
•Long Island Newsday;
•Houston Chronicle;
•Fort Worth Star-Telegram;
•Orlando Sentinel;
•Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel;
•Nashville Tennessean;
•Des Moines Register;
•Illinois Daily Herald;
•Los Angeles Daily News;
•Los Angeles Press-Telegram.
The only newspaper ...more
Nov 5, 12 8:16 PM appended by joe hampton
And the NY POST
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Nov 4, 12 8:16 PM
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How's this for Republican stratergy... They knew just how bad the economy was going to be so they got an airhead to agree to run for vice president knowing (hoping?) their twosome would lose... knowing full well what was happening in the economy; And the guys in the know (Notice I did not include women here) were happy to lose in 2008.... Yeah! Now we can balme it all on the perfect underdog, a black man that the whole South Hates Hailey Barbour was so happy
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Nov 5, 12 7:47 AM
Let's see...

Man who came from middle class beginnings, Randian Atlas who wanted for nothing because he had daddy's Rolodex, or a third party of your choice.

Almost time to pull your lever of choice. Be careful though, Mitt's lackeys own voting machines in at least five states. All those machines have received "software patches", and the programming code cannot be vetted by the public. Let's see if Hart Intercivic or Diebold has people out swapping hard drives the day after ...more
Nov 4, 12 8:17 PM appended by Mr. Z
Fair warning, and FACT: Through a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board members in Hart Intercivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 7. Hart machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States. In other words, a candidate for the presidency of the United States, and his brother, wife and son, have a straight-line financial interest in the voting machines that could decide this fall’s election. These machines cannot be monitored by the public. But they will help decide who “owns” the White House.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 4, 12 8:17 PM
Now this guy says voting is the best revenge. Revenge? for what? This guy wants four more years,last week with his foul school yard mouth, now this... is he a good example for our children? Ask yourself is he presidential?
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Nov 4, 12 9:34 PM
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UD, Romney's answer was instead of revenge I ask you vote for love of country.

Wednesday we will once again have a MORNING IN AMERICA!
Nov 4, 12 9:49 PM appended by They call me
With the right leadership America is about to come roaring back! USA! USA! USA!
By They call me (2826), southampton on Nov 4, 12 9:49 PM
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I'd be gravely concerned if he didn't understand the proper use of profanity. Did you even read the interview, or just the soundbites dropped into your chirping gullet? And yes, I am a TR style Progressive.

"Paul Nitze, the foreign-policy guru of the Truman administration, once told me that the problem with historians like myself is that we're always hunting for a cache of documents to analyze. What our ilk tends to forget, he chided, is that inaction is also policy. Under this criterion, ...more
Nov 4, 12 10:56 PM appended by Mr. Z
"You know, kids have good instincts," Obama offered. "They look at the other guy and say, 'Well, that's a bullshitter, I can tell.'"
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 4, 12 10:56 PM
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He did not say "to vote out of revenge". You guys are pathetic. Lie, steal, cheat, disenfranchise - you are still going to lose.
By witch hazel (224), tatooine on Nov 5, 12 6:38 AM
This is the best yet the little bitter partisan hack soledad o'brien just released new poll numbers from CNN and they are pathetic....
CNN poll reaches new heights of absurdity
Posted at 9:45 pm on November 4, 2012
Jay Caruso : Want to see a good magic trick? CNN conducts a poll where Romney leads independents by 22 points and it's TIED.
4 Nov 12 ReplyRetweetFavoriteThe poll, released earlier tonight, shows a 49-49 tie among likely voters. But to get that result CNN had to use ...more
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Nov 5, 12 7:59 AM
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Amazing to me how rethugs twist the president's words. Not just that, but a wide majority of republicans who are voting Romney are not voting for him, but out of vengeance towards a man they hate and will never show an ounce of respect. They are voting out of vengeance and hatred for a man they have tried to peg as a muslim, a socialist, a kenyan, an "other".

It is disgusting how these people have outright lied about our president because they cannot stand that a black man is president. ...more
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Nov 5, 12 8:03 AM
<--------Help were mellllting
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Nov 5, 12 10:50 AM
If you truly consider yourself a san, moderate, read what sane Republican Michael Smerconish had to say:

"This election has always been a referendum on Barack Obama. For some, not on matters of substance. They can't have it both ways. It's hypocritical to distribute a vicious, false narrative about him while fancying yourself a patriot and a great American. Vilify a sitting president of the United States with fiction and innuendo, and you are neither."

Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-smerconish/obama-gop-smears_b_2071600.html?utm_hp_ref=politics
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Nov 5, 12 8:08 AM
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No respect yes, Because he is black.... Not even close Madam, Because he is a progressive Ideologue who is in way over his head.

I will tell you this if Romney wins tomorrow... I will locally hire 3 guys next week!
Lets get this country back on the right track and stop the revenge talk
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Nov 5, 12 8:21 AM
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Why out of all she had to say, was race the only point you focused on?

If the President is a Socialist, then so was Teddy Roosevelt. If the President is a Muslim, then Ghandi must have been Catholic. If the President is Kenyan, then Romney's father must have been Mexican.

It's really sad to see the way people in this country behave out of fear, whether they realize it, or not. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. And hate leads to a very bad place...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 5, 12 11:05 AM
You are truly out of your mind where did you get dog - whistle racism out of that
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Nov 5, 12 4:44 PM
Philly, if Obama wins tomorrow then you only have 4 more years of the "because he is black" excuse. I look forward to the 2016 campaign and your inevitable "because she is a woman" excuses for Hilarious Clinton. I can see it now... "Yeah, it's a veiled right wing conspiracy, but we all now they hate her because she is a woman. The right hates ovaries!!!"

As I think of it, if Obama loses tomorrow I'm sure we'll hear "because he is black."

You are covered, Philly.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 5, 12 5:52 PM
And yet you, so filled with love and the spirit of cooperation.
Are you nervous about tomorrow, Philly? You know, whoever wins we still have to work right? There seems to be that misconception. We are still going to expected to do some stuff. But hey, I already purchased a contraception basket and placed it in the lobby of our building. See? I'm feeling the spirit too, Philly. I think Obama is going to win, but there is always that chance he doesn't. Grrrr...
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 5, 12 6:02 PM
I love women, Philly. How about you?
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 5, 12 6:07 PM
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All of which is true
Nov 5, 12 6:32 PM appended by 27dan
"he's a Muslim" "He's not 'one of us'." "Obama is a Kenyan" He's the food-stamp president" "Colin Powell (and other African Americans) only vote for him because he's black" "He wants to hand out checks"
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Nov 5, 12 6:32 PM
If by "restrict their decisions about their healthcare" you mean murder of conveinance then you are correct, We want to restrict it and we are proud of it.
Nov 5, 12 6:39 PM appended by Undocumented Democrat
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Nov 5, 12 6:39 PM
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By local 84 (353), riverhead on Nov 5, 12 10:28 AM
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 5, 12 7:12 PM
Romney's answer was instead of revenge, I ask you vote for Love of Country.

Wednesday we will once again have a MORNING IN AMERICA!

With the right leadership America is about to come roaring back! USA! USA! USA
By They call me (2826), southampton on Nov 5, 12 10:42 AM
How I Hacked An Electronic Voting Machine

What do you need to rig an election? A basic knowledge of electronics and $30 worth of RadioShack gear, professional hacker Roger Johnston reveals. The good news: we can stop it.

By Roger Johnston (as told to Suzanne LaBarre)

Roger Johnston is the head of the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory. Not long ago, he and his colleagues launched security attacks on electronic voting machines to demonstrate ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 5, 12 1:08 PM

If Ohio goes to Obama then we all go to bed early.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 5, 12 4:19 PM
Exclusive: Romney up ONE POINT in Ohio and TIED in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to his campaign's internal pollingRomney is also three points up in New Hampshire

But he is trailing in Nevada, according to campaign pollster Neil Newhouse
If the figures hold true Romney will almost certainly become the 45th President of the United States

Nov 5, 12 4:41 PM appended by They call me
Jay-Z Sings About 'Hoes,' 'Ass,' Substitutes 'Mitt' for 'B*tch' at Obama Rally The Obama camp is standing behind the president's claim that Americans should vote for him out of "revenge" against GOP challenger Mitt Romney. So is it any surprise to hear Jay-Z, one of Obama's biggest celebrity boosters, using the GOP candidate's name in the place of an obscenity at an Obama campaign stop? Or that the Obama boosters in the crowd cheered
By They call me (2826), southampton on Nov 5, 12 4:41 PM
Are you saying the great uniter isn't really what he claims? How dare you.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 5, 12 7:22 PM
joe hampton don't forget the NYPOST
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Nov 5, 12 5:01 PM
sorry made in error
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Nov 5, 12 5:04 PM
Americans should vote for Obama out of revenge, revenge for the last 236 years Dats the correct thing to do and if yo dont like it you betta stay outta my way .

Get Me
By local 84 (353), riverhead on Nov 5, 12 7:04 PM
Well there you have it. Just when I didn't think someone could articulate a point that would change my mind, 84 comes through with a gem in the 11th hour.

I got ya. What else can I get ya?
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 5, 12 7:17 PM
If I may add:
Obamacare is ushering in part-time nation. Small businesses can't continue to pay employees benefits.
Debt...cough... the debt. Yeah.
What do we do when we have over 8% unemployment? Grant amnesty to illegal aliens, of course. While we are at it, let's go after the border states that are trying to stop all the imports (because we need cheap labor and the Latino vote.) Plenty of foodstamps to go around.
Workfare? Nah... stay home.
The mid-east is a mess. It's always ...more
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 5, 12 7:52 PM
Seriously about the amnesty, Phil? Seriously? Just look up June 12 + amnesty and you'll find the answer. You sure you haven't seen spaceships? You sure you didn't arrive on one?

To the rest of your post in order.
Pre-existing conditions covered - for it.
Obamacare crushing small business (and many larger firms too) - against it.
Mid-east - go look up Mr. Obama's words re the subject as he took office.
Gas prices - you have no argument. $2500+ per year under this president. ...more
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 5, 12 8:38 PM
Sorry, Phil but that is TLDR.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 6, 12 7:59 AM
Your post was too long and I didn't have time to read it. I'm not above wasting a little time here, but I can't review and comment on essays. To comment on something I didn't read would be so Pelosi of me.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 6, 12 4:36 PM
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We can fight tomorrow if you want. Probably after 7 though. Line up your zingers.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 6, 12 4:37 PM
Ok Phil. Great. Go do something constructive for 30 seconds.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 6, 12 5:47 PM
Once upon a time a Democrat lived next door to a Republican. They had backyard barbeques with their familes, coached little league together, and watched over each others children when required. Sometimes they even had discussions about politics, sharing ideas and philosophies. They disagreed on politics mostly, but still had some lively discussions about this great nation we live in.
But that was once upon a time, and we know fairy tales are not true. So now we all resort to acting like we ...more
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Nov 5, 12 9:56 PM
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I'll take a ride from either party, but I'd make it worth their while if they threw in a shot and a beer.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Nov 5, 12 11:25 PM
Don't forget to vote Altschuler!!!!! Get the Corrupt Bishop OUT!!!!!
By kpjc (161), east quogue on Nov 6, 12 7:34 AM
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This is our time you time is in the past YES WE WILL!
By local 84 (353), riverhead on Nov 6, 12 7:53 AM
If Obama wins, there are plenty of business owners I know who are going to be cutting staff. It's okay - the government will take care of you. It's still slavery.
By Leon789 (50), westhampton on Nov 6, 12 2:11 PM
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Thank you, you batsh** crazy tea party!! You have made Obama's victory possible. You have enabled us to keep the senate and your lunatic house members are dropping like dead flies!!! To bigfresh, joehampton, captnamerica, double standard, and the rest of you loudmouth clowns - HAH!!! God bless America! God bless our president!!!
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Nov 6, 12 11:43 PM
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You guys really need a life. Obama wins and this country will be a loser for the next 4 years. The vote was 50 50 and we will not cut our debt or get anything else done. Disgusting.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 7, 12 12:13 AM
Hah! Hey, chief, your loser whining is the cherry on top of this sweet, sweet victory!! To hear tea party heads exploding is the ultimate win! Your posts and those of your cohorts throughout this entire thing have perfectly illustrated to sane people everywhere just how necessary it was to defeat your candidates! You lose.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Nov 7, 12 12:47 AM
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By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Nov 7, 12 12:48 AM
Chief have some comfort in knowing there lives suck and you will have the last laugh, They think they won some victory here and the "99%" will rule the day. Truth be told there lives will get even worse if they bite the hand that feeds them. In there little minds things are better when everyone is equally as miserable but in reality their envious nature will just drive the bottom of the pile deeper into the mud.
By They call me (2826), southampton on Nov 8, 12 9:31 AM
As a one time Conservative and Republican, YOU and your ilk bear the responsibility for Governor Romneys loss.Your hate, and lies drove people like me in droves to vote for President Obama.
Like President Reagan said of the Democrats, I say to you:

"I didnt leave the RepublicanParty,the Republican Party left me"

By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Nov 7, 12 1:21 AM
Talk to me in four years when we have 20 trillion in debt and bankrupt. Lots of ideas from Obama and no way to pay for it. Record people living below the poverty line is what he has done so far. When his final term is over and nothing changes he will still blame it on Bush.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Nov 7, 12 1:51 AM
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You resemble the southbound end of a northbouse horse too much for me to ever "talk" to you. Go away now, thank you.
By Phadreus1340 (144), Southampton on Nov 7, 12 1:57 AM
<----- Thanks for nothing NY
Nov 8, 12 9:25 AM appended by They call me
I was just reading a disturbing artical where it said " Obama supporters out celebrating his win on election night gathered on State Street Tuesday evening. I asked one man why he was celebrating Obama, and what that meant to him. He said, “It really means to me, no more Israel…Mitt Romney would go to war with Iran…Obama said f*** that shit. Kill those mother f***ers.” Another said, “Palestine was there first, and Israel moved in in the 1940s and that’s an unfair attack.” A man of Jewish heritage accompanying him said, “I really do not think that us being with Israel is a good choice for us”: Nice job NY Jews you reap what you sow
By They call me (2826), southampton on Nov 8, 12 9:25 AM
theycallme - dumbass
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Nov 8, 12 9:43 AM