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Poll re-position! City moves B’Heights voting site after seniors complain

They voted no: Residents of Cadman Towers were furious when the city told them they’d have to cross two treacherous streets to get to their polling site, but now they won't have to.
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They rocked the voting booth!

The Board of Elections has bowed to elderly Brooklyn Heights residents’ demands to move their local polling station for the November election from a Downtown high school into their own co-op building, after the seniors complained that they’re too frail to walk across two busy roads to reach the school. The news delighted and surprised the denizens, who were amazed to see the city and local leaders actually responding to their gripes.

“All too often when something goes wrong, the most that we do is point fingers thinking no one cares, no one is listening, and no one will help. That just was not the case here,” said Toba Potosky, the president of the Cadman Towers co-op complex at Cadman Plaza West and Clinton Street. “We sent out a request for help and everyone responded.”

The oldsters were outraged to learn just a week ago that they would have to travel to the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice on Adams and Johnston to cast a ballot — playing a life-and-death game of “Frogger” with heavy traffic, bus lanes, and roadworks as they to traverse Cadman Plaza West and Adams Street.

They petitioned the Board of Elections along with Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon (D–Brooklyn Heights) and Borough President Adams, and following a report on the pressing issue by this paper, officials told the residents on Wednesday they will instead put the station in the community room of their building at 10 Clinton St.

The city told Potosky it is too late to change the polling place for the Sept. 13 primary election, but fortunately there are no contested races in their district — no one is challenging incumbents Simon, state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D–Brooklyn Heights), or Democratic District Leaders Anne Swern and Josh Skaller, and no other party has any contested races, either.

Those who can’t make it to the polling site or secure an absentee ballot in time will however miss out on voting for judicial delegates — the party representatives who elect people to the state State Supreme Court.

Updated 5:53 am, September 1, 2016
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Reasonable discourse

HONEY POOTER from Williamsburg says:
Next steps - have the MTA move the subway entrance closer to their homes; schedule fourth of july fireworks earlier to match napping patterns, more applesauce for people who's teeth have rotten away; free butt cushions on the buses for boney old tushies....
Sept. 1, 2016, 9:32 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
#WhiteVotesMatter
Sept. 1, 2016, 11:57 am
Marilyn Berkon from Brooklyn Heights says:
Toba Potosky did something good for his building at 10 Clinton Street. I'm glad that they will not have to navigate those dangerous crossings or go that distance. Yet those of us without a spokesman who can wield influence with Jo Anne Simon or Eric Adams will have to suffer that Adams Street location or tolerate the hassle of getting and sending an absentee ballot.
I called the office of Joe Anne Simon and Nydia Velazquez, asking them to get the library to open its doors for the voting. I'm sure others did the same thing. But neither office gave me hope. Why not? It's a logical solution to the problem. We should not have to be voting at Adams Street, especially when it was the fault of the BPL for not notifying the Board of Elections that the library would not be available to the public. The BPL claims that it did give notification. But when I spoke to the polling center, the person there gave me the name of the one at the BPL they were told to call after the complaints came in to their center. He simply said that he didn't know he was supposed to inform them. The BPL in its arrogant indifference to the public need did not even bother with notification. Let's hope that Jo Anne Simon, Nydia Velazquez and Eric Adams get those library doors open for the November 8 election.
Sept. 1, 2016, 6:24 pm

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