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Action Is Slow At Scarsdale Polls

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – A trickle of Scarsdale residents went to the polls Tuesday morning and early afternoon despite perfect weather that seemed more May than November."It's been slow," said poll worker Kathy Hurwitz at the District 6 check-in table at Scarsdale Village Hall. "Very relaxed."

Hurwitz, a poll worker for about 12 years, said it was slower than usual and attributed it to the paucity of choice voters in Scarsdale were being asked to make. "It's because we don't have many candidates on the ballot, no crisis, no big issues," she said.

In Scarsdale's only contested races, voters were asked to choose two of three state Supreme Court justices and to decide between incumbent Democrat William Ryan and newcomer Republican Iris Pagan for County Legislature, District 6 representative.

By 1 p.m., 44 voters had been to the polls out of more than 500 registered in District 6. In District 7, also at Village Hall, 42 voters had been checked in out of a similar number of those registered. Those numbers dwarfed those of the three districts voting at Scarsdale Public Library. By 1:40 p.m., District 11 had 23 voters, District 5 had 24, and District 12 checked in 26. 

"We expect the crush tonight," said District 12 worker William Penn. I'm very disappointed with the turnout, said District 11's Ronnie Greenberg." 

Tonis and Helen Oja made their way to Village Hall. The 36-year Scarsdale residents always vote, Tonis said, and cited the Westchester County Legislature race as the extra motivation this time around. "We're very concerned about taxes. It's gotten out of hand," he said. Helen Oja chimed in that there was "Finally a candidate who says they'll do something about it."

Also voting was Piero Olcesk, who brought his 15-year-old son, Angelo. Olcesk said it has become a tradition to bring his son, and said he always votes. "It's something I did not have the right to do until I was 28," he said, having grown up in Peru under a dictatorship. "Now I always exercise my right to vote." Check back tonight for election results as they become available.

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