NYC resident casts his vote for president at Brighton Town Hall

Posted at: 11/06/2012 12:50 PM
By: Christine VanTimmeren

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, there are hundreds, maybe even thousands of people in areas affected by the storm that weren’t going to be able to vote. However, an executive order signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo says that anyone in the federally declared disaster areas can vote anywhere in New York State.

Tuesday morning, News10NBC met a man at the Brighton Town Hall who exercised that right.
Alex Garfield was one of many who came to the Brighton Town Hall Tuesday to cast their ballots. He is from the upper west side of Manhattan but came to Rochester to stay with his son during the hurricane.

Brighton residents who came in gave election workers their address, took their ballot and cast their vote. They came with their kids, they came with their coffee and then continued on their way.

Alex Garfield came in alone, was given an affidavit ballot but he was able to vote for his presidential candidate.

For Alex, Tuesday is a day he will never forget -- not because his candidate might win but because he had the right to vote when he thought for the first time in his life he wouldn't. “I heard last night that Governor Cuomo said that everybody in New York City could vote anywhere in the state and here I am. It’s great, just great. God bless America. It was really important for me to vote. I feel so honored to be able to vote. Thank you Governor Cuomo.”

The polls will be open until 9 p.m.