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Queens’ Morning roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Overcast with a chance of rain, then rain in the afternoon. High of 43. Windy. Winds from the NNE at 30 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible. Wednesday Night: Overcast with snow and rain, then rain after midnight. Low of 34 with a windchill as low as 25F. Windy. Winds from the North at 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph shifting to the South after midnight. Chance of precipitation 90% .

QUEENS COURIER ELECTION COVERAGE

Democrats expand Senate grip but fail to win House

Democrats strengthened their hold on the Senate but failed Tuesday to recapture the majority in the House of Representatives they lost two years ago. President Barack Obama, in his freshly authorized second term, will face the same divided Congress in 2013 that has bedeviled efforts to enact his major legislation. Read more: AP

Nor’easter bearing down on New York City; Mayor Bloomberg orders city parks and beaches shut

A gust of rare good news arrived Tuesday for New Yorkers still picking up the pieces from Hurricane Sandy: A second storm bearing down on the Big Apple will be weaker than expected. Read more: New York Daily News

Bloomberg: New York voting machine system is a ‘nightmare’ When voting was still in progress Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted the voting machine system, calling it a “nightmare” and saying the old machines worked fine. Read more: CBS New York

Displaced by hurricane, but returning home, briefly, to vote

Just after daybreak, under a pink-hued sky, the first voters began to pick their way through the sand and muck that had been the streets of Bay Head, N.J. Sidestepping the occasional dead fish with its one-eyed stare, they steadily found their way to the firehouse, where a huge generator powered one of the few sources of heat in the tiny seaside borough. Read more: New York Times 

Former St. John’s dean Cecilia Chang dead of apparent suicide

Cecilia Chang, the former dean of St. John’s University, who is on trial for stealing $1 million from the school, was found dead in her Jamaica home Tuesday morning of an apparent suicide, according to multiple reports. Read more: Queens Courier

President Obama defeats Romney, wins second term


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File photo

BY ALEXA ALTMAN, MAGGIE HAYES AND CRISTABELLE TUMOLA

President Barack Obama defeated former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, kicking off his second term.

“And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you and you have made me a better president. And with your stories and your struggles I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work we have to do and the future that lies ahead,” said Obama in his victory speech shortly before 2 a.m.

Around the time of his speech, the president had 303 electoral votes and Romney had 206, with Florida’s 29 electoral votes still pending.

The contentious campaign road led both major party candidates to swing states, including Ohio, Nevada and Pennsylvania, in the weeks prior to the election.

Obama won all three of those key states in addition to other important victories in Virginia, New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado and Wisconsin.

Though media outlets declared the president the winner shortly after 11 p.m., the Romney campaign initially told MSNBC that it wasn’t ready to concede Ohio and its 18 electoral votes.

But as more results came in, it became more apparent that Obama would stay in the White House for four more years.

About 1 a.m., Mitt Romney gave his concession speech in Boston.

“I so wish I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader,” said Romney.

Less than 24 hours earlier, polls and political experts were still predicting a close race between both candidates who each had their ups and downs during the campaign.

The three debates between the presidential candidates preceding the vote caused the opponents to butt heads over domestic, economic and foreign policy issues. During the first debate at the University of Denver, critics felt the governor came out on top while the president fell short. However, in the second debate at Hofstra University, while discussing topics like the economic impact on recent college graduates, creating jobs and the country’s current financial deficit, Obama came out swinging.

Controversial issues surrounding the president included his economic policies and whether or not he was capable of easing the country’s debt. Romney was criticized for his inability to connect with those struggling to make ends meet – particularly among the middle and lower classes.

 

 

 

2012 Election Day coverage


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Billy Rennison

Throughout the day and night Queens Courier will be updating our websiteFacebook page and Twitter account (@QueensCourier) using the hashtag #courierpolitics, with news about the local elections and presidential race, from the casting of ballots to the final results.

2:00 a.m.

Joseph Addabbo is projected as the winner in the State Senate District 15 race, defeating Republican opponent Eric Ulrich.

1:45 a.m.

Obama gives his victory speech in Chicago: “And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you and you have made me a better president. And with your stories and your struggles I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work we have to do and the future that lies ahead,” said the re-elected president.

1:30 a.m.

Results for all the Queens State Assembly winners are in:

District 25: Nily Rozic
District 30: Margaret Markey
District 36: Aravella Simotas
District 40:  Ron Kim

1:25 a.m.

Tony Avella wins the State Senate District 11 race and Toby Ann Stavisky wins in District 16.

1:00 a.m.

Mitt Romney gives his concession speech in Boston: “I so wish I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader, he said, concluding his five minute speech to his supporters.

12:40 p.m.

Michael Gianaris has been declared the winner in the State Senate District 12 race by ABC New York.

12:10 p.m. 

In the remaining Queens Congressional races Grace Meng has been declared the winner in the District 6 race, defeating Dan Halloran, Steve Israel wins in District 3 and Gregory Meeks wins in District 5.

11:35 p.m.

In the Queens U.S. Congressional races, Hakeem Jeffries in District 8, Carolyn Maloney in District 12 and Joseph Crowley in District 14 have been projected as winners.

11:20 p.m.

President Barack Obama wins a second term. “This happened because of you. Thank you,” the president tweeted following his victory.

10:25 p.m.

Results for the Queens races have yet to come in, but more states have been declared in the presidential race. Notable projected wins that have been made for Obama include New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. But in some swing states (Ohio, Florida and Virginia) it’s still too close to call.

9:15 p.m.

NBC News has projected Kirsten Gillibrand as the winner in the New York U.S. Senate race, beating her Republican opponent Wendy Long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 p.m.

Polls are now closed in NY, and the New York Times has projected Obama as the winner in the state. But in the west, several states are still voting until 10 and 11 p.m. ET. Alaska is the last state to end voting, at 12:00 a.m. ET.

8:45 p.m.

Polls in New York are about 15 minutes from closing, but in other states the precincts are already reporting, and the presidential candidates are picking up electoral votes.

The AP has called Obama as the winner in Illinois, Connecticut, Maine, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C. and Vermont.

Romney has won Indian, Kentucky, West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama and Oklahoma.

6:00 p.m.

Throughout Election Day thousands had to vote in a tent at a Rockaway supersite. READ MORE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5:45 p.m.

A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine reportedly malfunctioned today and changed votes for President Obama to Republican candidate Mitt Romney and vice versa. SEE THE VIDEO

4:50 p.m.

A Korean-American interpreter was allegedly expelled from a Flushing poll site this afternoon after he was caught filling out ballots for voters, a poll watcher said. READ MORE

3:30 p.m.

P.S. 41 in Bayside is full of voters but running smoothly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:20 p.m.

Rockaway voting: nine poll sites, one tent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:45 p.m.

P.S. 232 The Walter Ward School in Lindenwood is also playing host voters who normally cast their ballots at P.S. 207 and P.S. 146.

“Turnout is very high due to the storm,” said Anthony Savoca, an Assembly District moderator.

The voting time was minimal, Savoca said, but some newcomers were “a little unsure where to go.”

Bob Boiselle, who was driving seniors to voting sites today, said of the four he’d gone to, “this one looks like the shortest.”

12:45 p.m. 

Voters waiting in line at P.S. 232 in Howard Beach. (Photo: Twitter/@windynyc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

12:15 p.m.

Since early this morning, voters have been reporting long lines at poll sites. The Board of Elections (BOE) anticipated that more people would cast their ballots this year because of the presidential election and hired extra poll workers, especially information clerks to help people figure out if they are voting at the right place, said BOE spokesperson Valerie Vazquez.

Though some workers faced challenges getting to poll sites because of Sandy, the BOE is providing shuttle buses in hard hit areas, such as Far Rockaway, for both voters and workers, and has a pool of alternate workers in case some can’t make it to their polling place, said Vazquez.

SEE THE SHUTTLE BUS SCHEDULE

Last night, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order allowing New York voters to cast an affidavit ballot at any polling site in the state. Voters who do so don’t need to prove that they are displaced, said Vazquez, and should be able to vote at any location. But since Cuomo announced the executive order just before 5 p.m.  last night, the BOE didn’t have a lot of time to communicate the change to its workers, she said.

11:00 a.m.

Councilmember Eric Ulrich voted this morning at 11 a.m., with his wife Yadira at P.S. 63 in Ozone Park as he makes his run to unseat incumbent State Senator Joseph Addabbo.

After voting, Ulrich said he was upset that the Board of Elections had moved a number of polling sites to inaccessible locations for Rockaway residents still reeling from Hurricane Sandy.

“The board of elections has made it inconvenient today for people to vote,” he said. “It’s the foundation of our democracy and yet every year, or every two years, they find a way to screw it up.”

Whatever the ballots say tonight, Ulrich suggested the Board be revamped.

“Regardless of the outcome of today’s election, both locally and nationally, I think it’s important that people seriously consider revamping, or restructuring the Board of Elections,” he said. “It’s proved once again its incompetence and its inability to help people exercise their right to vote.”

10:30 a.m.

Mayor Bloomberg, like many New Yorkers today, waits in a long line to cast his vote. (Photo: Twitter/@NYC Mayor’s Office)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:00 a.m.

Mitt Romney casts his vote in Boston this morning. (Video: AP)

 

 8:30 a.m.

All smiles, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas filed her ballot around 8:30 a.m. at P.S. 84 in Astoria.

“This morning I had the privilege of exercising the most important right we have as Americans,” said Simotas.

The incumbent, who faces off against Julia Haich for the Assembly District 36 seat, said the recent devastation left by Superstorm Sandy proves the importance of selecting officials who speak and act for their community in a time of crisis.

“This Election Day, following the devastation of the storm and the incredible efforts of our communities and our local, state and federal elected officials, it is clearer than ever how crucial it is to go to the polls and choose your representatives,” said Simotas.

 

 

 

Senator Michael Gianaris cast his vote early this morning at P.S. 84 in Astoria.

“It is an honor to be elected by the people of western Queens for the last several years and a thrill to participate in the democratic process,” said the senator, who is pitted against Auralio Arcabascio for the Senate District 12 seat.

Gianaris said it’s imperative that people get to the polls and cast their vote.

“The right to vote is one of the most valuable aspects of our democracy, and I hope everyone cast their ballots today to ensure their voices are heard in all levels of our government.”

 

 

WATCH: Voting machine switches Obama votes to Romney


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Voting machine PA

A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine malfunctioned today and changed votes for President Obama to Republican candidate Mitt Romney and vice versa, MSNBC reported.

A video of the broken machine was posted on YouTube with a description of what the poster witnessed:

“My wife and I went to the voting booths this morning before work. There were 4 older ladies running the show and 3 voting booths that are similar to a science fair project in how they fold up. They had an oval VOTE logo on top center and a cartridge slot on the left that the volunteers used to start your ballot.

I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted. I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney. Being a software developer, I immediately went into troubleshoot mode. I first thought the calibration was off and tried selecting Jill Stein to actually highlight Obama. Nope. Jill Stein was selected just fine. Next I deselected her and started at the top of Romney’s name and started tapping very closely together to find the ‘active areas’. From the top of Romney’s button down to the bottom of the black checkbox beside Obama’s name was all active for Romney. From the bottom of that same checkbox to the bottom of the Obama button (basically a small white sliver) is what let me choose Obama. Stein’s button was fine. All other buttons worked fine.

I asked the voters on either side of me if they had any problems and they reported they did not. I then called over a volunteer to have a look at it. She him hawed for a bit then calmly said “It’s nothing to worry about, everything will be OK.” and went back to what she was doing. I then recorded this video.

There is a lot of speculation that the footage is edited. I’m not a video guy, but if it’s possible to prove whether a video has been altered or not, I will GLADLY provide the raw footage to anyone who is willing to do so. The jumping frames are a result of the shitty camera app on my Android phone, nothing more.”

After the video was put online, MSNBC confirmed that there was a problem with the voting machine and that it had been taken out of service.

Voters can cast affidavit ballot at any poll site, says Cuomo


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence Cullen

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that because of Sandy, he is signing an executive order that will allow voters in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester and Rockland counties to vote by affidavit ballot at any poll site in New York State on election day.

Voters can cast their ballots for president and U.S. Senate, but may not be able to vote for local races if they don’t go to their regular polling place, said Cuomo.

To accommodate voters impacted by the storm, 61 p0ll sites in New York City have been relocated, including 28 in Queens.