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Many readers couldn’t vote for anyone on Nov. 4 because they had no accessible polling place.
This is painfully true in Kew Gardens Hills, where the Board of Elections closed PS 164, a polling site for nearly 60 years, and replaced it with an alternate site that most voters can only reach by car or two bus lines. The BOE deemed PS 164 and other polling sites inaccessible to disabled voters.
There’s a simple solution — provide absentee ballots to disabled voters who can cast their ballots at home. But the BOE’s brain-dead decision-makers don’t have enough sense to do that.
The BOE is a bottomless pit of political patronage. Fire the hacks and install competent leaders.
(NAPSI)—Savvy shoppers know the holiday shopping season begins in earnest on the day after Thanksgiving. According to a recent consumer survey, more than 85 percent of shoppers typically plan to hit the stores on Black Friday.
With Election Day around the corner, residents across Queens are firing up to cast their votes Tuesday.
In the race for governor, incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo is challenged by Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.
Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli faces Republican Robert Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller.
Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is up against John Cahill, former chief of staff to Governor George Pataki.
Residents at Rochdale Village in Jamaica are scheduled to vote for members of their governing board on Oct. 7, and a group dissatisfied with the board in recent years appears ready to put up a slate of dissident candidates.
Rodney Reid, who served on the board in 2005, is running again, and said he is prepared to go to court if the current board sticks by its decision to disqualify his candidacy.
When Queens residents Patricia Workman, Joe Ramondino, Christian Foggy and John Licato awoke from their slumbers 13 years ago today, little did they know that war would be waged against their city and their country that sunny late-summer morning.
For these four responders and thousands more just like them throughout the New York area, a different kind of war has raged on internally in the years since the attacks of Sept. 11.
With two high-profile state Senate primaries in Queens on Tuesday, one that has not garnered nearly the same amount of attention is the one in the 10th District.
Incumbent state Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park) is running for his second term.
When Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez took an informal poll of the audience at last Thursday night’s meeting on the City Line pedestrian plaza, the results required a recount.
First he asked supporters to stand, then he asked opponents. The end result? Almost a tie, roughly a dozen on either side.
New York City’s Board of Elections noted a low voter turnout for the June primary and a declining participation rate over the last few years.
There’s a good reason why. The BOE closed a number of polling sites because they were deemed inaccessible to handicapped voters under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sending absentee ballots to disabled voters instead of closing polling sites for everyone makes more sense. Closing polling sites disenfranchises thousands for the sake of a few.
Kew Gardens Hills voters lost their chance to cast ballots at a conveniently located site when the BOE abandoned PS 164 over two years ago.
Unless the BOE corrects this situation, its initials really stand for Barrel of Errors.
Councilman Danny Dromm, center, announces the reopening of PS 69 and the Renaissance Charter School as polling sites with Jackson Heights resident Abby Drucker and Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan.
Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan and residents celebrated the reopening of two polling sites in Jackson Heights on April 9, after they had been shuttered for about two years.
The BOE had changed polling sites for the 46th and 47th Election Districts in the 39th Assembly District from PS 69 on 37th Avenue to PS 222 on the same street about a half mile away. In addition, Renaissance Charter School on 81st Street had also been closed.
Colin Jost, who with Cecily Strong succeeded Seth Meyers at the “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update desk, quipped, “Monday was Opening Day for baseball and a reopening of old wounds for Mets fans!”
As angry as Mets fans had to have been on March 31 watching their heroes fail to hold a one-run lead with two outs in the ninth inning, their spirits must have truly sunk the next day over the news that the team’s closer, Bobby Parnell, would go on the disabled list because of a ligament tear in his pitching elbow.
In an unusual show of discord, a Community Board 5 vote came down to the wire.
Members weren’t voting on a headline issue like a homeless shelter or an arts center looking for a liquor license. Instead, a longtime Italian-American street fair was the subject of debate.
Maybe alternate-side parking rules will come back into effect before the daffodils start blooming.
In Western Queens, 2013 was the year of development and affordable housing. Willets Point, Hallets Point, Hunters Point and 5Pointz became names commonly thrown around by politicians, community boards and civic groups throughout the area. There wasn’t a month that didn’t go by when residents, electeds and developers went head to head on major development projects, illegal apartments, a massive soccer stadium plan or even the possible closing of their neighborhood movie theater.
While the voting process was plagued with issues throughout some parts of the city, the election at polling sites in the 30th Council District went on almost without a hitch on Tuesday night, with only a few minor problems reported.
Many voters exiting PS 49 and PS 128 between 6 and 8 p.m. said that they experienced no issues when they cast their ballot. Turnout in the area was also greater than some voters and election volunteers had expected.
The runoff election for New York City public advocate on October 1st drew only about 6.5 percent of registered Democrats citywide. The election cost about $13 million. This works out to about $70 for every vote cast.
When I went to vote at my polling place in Bayside, there were five people at the table, with four interpreters sitting in an adjacent lobby, plus one person directing voters to the table site. Ten people for one election district. Repeat that similar scenario in all five boroughs and one can see how the cost added up for this low-turnout election.
This system needs to be overhauled. The process for voting in municipal elections must be re-examined and modified to cut costs. I do not blame the people employed to work at the polls on Election Day for this. They were just trying to do their job.
There are other ways of handling the process, including having instant runoffs on Primary Day, thus avoiding the need for a separate runoff election. Many people feel that there should be no runoffs at all. It is not the fault of the candidates if many people seek a particular office, making it harder for any individual candidate to rack up a large plurality of the votes.
That $13 million spent on this runoff election could have been used to hire more teachers, or to sustain afterschool programs for children or to give better services to our senior citizens or to plant and care for additional trees to enhance our communities. The list goes on and on.
As citizens, we need to insist that wasteful spending be curbed and that well-thought-out strategies for voting procedures be put into place in order that all voters have their voices heard in the most effective way.
Voters in the Tudor Village section of Ozone Park will no longer have to play a game of Frogger to get to the voting booth.
After redistricting, residents in that neighborhood had their voting place moved from PS 63 on Sutter Avenue to PS 232 in Lindenwood, requiring them to venture across busy Conduit Boulevard.
The old-fashioned lever voting machine made a comeback in Tuesday’s primary elections, replacing the electronic ones used last year.
While many Queens voters rejoiced at the return, some voters were upset with the technological relic.
There was a Christine Quinn sighting in Floral Park Tuesday evening.
Council Speaker Quinn (D-Manhattan) came out on offense against Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at a forum for mayoral candidates at North Shore Towers.
Political endorsements often mean more to the candidate than to the voting public, but some are more meaningful than others.
In the crowded Democratic race in the 19th District to replace Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who is not seeking re-election, five contenders are attempting to stand out in the voters’ eyes.
Big Social Security disability case could benefit thousands
If you’re a registered New York voter, the peace and quiet of your evening at home may be pierced by a knock on your door from someone carrying a clipboard with a long sheet of paper (pink for Republicans, green for Democrats), asking for your signature. Or someone may have already visited you and you might be wondering what it’s all about.
This time of year is petition season in the political world. It’s the few short, hot weeks when candidates have to gather a minimum number of signatures from voters registered in their party, in order to get on the ballot. Archaic as it seems in the Digital Age, collecting signatures on paper and submitting them to the Board of Elections on time is the only way a candidate can get on the ballot.
Voters at the Razi School on Queens Boulevard after casting their ballots in the Iranian presidential election on June 14.