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A focus on service and honor
Islip’s new Deputy Supervisor See page 3

A time to remember
Islip honors victims of September 11 See page 5

Raising roofs and awareness See page 18

Your Hometown Newspaper Since 1884
125th Year - Issue No. 2 September 16, 2010 $1

Just ducky
SAYVILLE – Sunny the Safety Duck is the mascot of the Sunrise Drive Elementary School. He was on hand to greet students upon their arrival, giving the kids a lot more to smile about on their first day of school. Photo by Linda Mittiga

Primary reactions
The new voting system weighs in
By LOREN ELIZABETH CHRISTIE ISLIP TOWN - Suffolk County residents who headed to the polls this past Tuesday to cast their votes in primary elections were faced with a new voting procedure. While across the country electronic polls are nothing new, New York State is the last to introduce them. Nineteen-year-old Adam Sindeband of West Islip, who voted for the first time last year, thought the new system was great. “I see no problems with it. In fact it’s much easier,” he said. At the polling station on Greene Avenue in Sayville, people had mixed feelings about the change in the way they vote. Kathleen and Dick Costa, long-time residents of Sayville, were impressed by the Election Poll Officers, explaining that they appeared to be well trained in helping voters adjust to the change. “The people manning the table know what they are doing. My only suggestion is that they put the scanner in the [election] district,” said Kathleen, who had to walk several feet away from where she filled out her form to feed it into the machine. Congress mandated the electronic ballot, which is thought to be more accurate because it creates a permanent record of a vote, a document deemed necessary, especially after the confusing weeks after the 2000 presidential election. The new procedure requires voters to fill in the oval corresponding with their candidate’s name on a paper ballot. The...
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