Some New Yorkers risked being late for church by first stopping into community centers on the last day of early voting for a few candidates seeking election and reelection in the five boroughs with many admittedly explaining their reason for allaying their religious routine was prompted by the call for resolution of five proposals pending a referendum.
The 10 am to 4 pm Nov. 3 timeframe, marked the final opportunity New Yorkers had to cast votes before the slated Tuesday, Nov. 5 election date when perhaps a majority of voters will decide the winning candidates and new and amended laws.
Reportedly, a record turnout of a quarter million proved the way to go in order to increase participation in the election process that annually decide city, state and federal government.
For the first time in New York State history, since Oct. 26, residents followed the lead of 38 states to vote ahead of the usual first Tuesday in November in order to increase voter participation, avert long wait lines and decrease delays caused by technical equipment problems.
Electronic poll books were introduced to confirm registration of voters wanting to elect the best candidate for public advocate Jumaane Williams, Republican rival city councilman Joseph Borelli or third party Libertarian choice Devin Balkin.
The office for the Queens District Attorney pitted Melinda Katz against former NYPD officer and Republican Joseph W. Murray.
Three city council candidates faced off in Brooklyn’s 45th – which covers Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Marine Park, Flatlands and Kensington. Democratic incumbent Farah Louis, Marine veteran Anthony Beckford and Libertarian David Fite were the choices.
Already deemed a success with civic-minded citizens that steadily exercised their American privilege, the nine-day test run in 61 locations ended on marathon Sunday after enough stopped into designated community centers and for their effort received distinguishing stickers displaying “I voted early.”
Nov. 11 is the ideal date to greet a soldier, sailor, airman (or woman) Marine and Coast Guard personnel saying “thanks for your service.”
To show verbal appreciation for their sacrifice and military duty is the least expression of gratitude any civilian can express.
While the observance of Memorial Day in May specifically honors deceased servicemembers, Veterans Day is actually intended to honor current military personnel, veterans and those who died in service and meant to salute every military personnel who ever served.
Formerly known as Armistice Day after President Woodrow Wilson declared the tribute following World War One in 1919.
That honor was altered with a decision by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 to include and pay tribute all who sacrifice in service with bravery, and love for country.
The Federal holiday often resonates with proud veterans in display of service medals, military patches and veterans’ affiliation badges -- regardless of political party loyalties.
Present arms, if you can.
Catch You On The Inside!