CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - Voter turnout was heavy at Croton's Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building, where parking was scarce and remnants of Hurricane Sandy still were evident as National Guardsmen walked through the parking lot.
"It’s been very good, very steady," said Lucille Colletti, an election inspector at the site. Colletti said there was a line at the door at 5:50 a.m., 10 minutes before the polls opened. Polls are open until 9 p.m.
The Kellerhouse building traditionally serves the 7th, 9th, 19th, 32nd and 39th election districts in Croton. Due to an executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, any New York voter can vote there.
Election Day 2012 is a historic moment in Croton history-- this is the first time village residents will vote for trustees and president on the same ballot.
Since the village's incorporation in 1898, elections took place in March. A ballot referendum last year placed village elections on the fall schedule with state and national elections.
Village elections and national elections drew out Croton voter Jim Milynarczyk.
"It was a combination of both because we always vote for the village when it comes around," Milynarczyk said. He said he wasn't completely comfortable having village elections during a presidential election because "it's a lot for people to think about."
Another Croton voter, Brice Faller, said he "always voted," and "I'm very sorry I didn't do a little research into the background of the judges," which ended up being "just a name," on the ballot.
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