2016-11-03 / Front Page


Republicans enjoy major victories

Republicans at headquarters in Patchogue cheer as results show Donald J. Trump won Florida.Republicans at headquarters in Patchogue cheer as results show Donald J. Trump won Florida.

“What am I hoping for?” said Anthony Pannella. “For me, I am hoping that Shawn Cullinane is elected to the Assembly and Donald Trump wins the White House.

The Babylon Town Republican leader got 50 percent of his wish. Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States, and while Cullinane did not defeat his Democratic opponent Kimberly Jean-Pierre, he had a respectable showing, bolstered in part by the rising tide of Trump supporters.

As news filtered into the Emporium in Patchogue, where the Suffolk County Republicans were gathered last nigh,t that Donald Trump had won Florida, supporters cheered as most had predicted that a Florida victory was the road to the White House. 

“It is absolutely unbelievable,” said one supporter. “Can this be real?”

Real it was, as later in the night, with the final count coming in from Pennsylvania, Trump was put over the top with the 270 electoral votes he needed.

“Tens of thousands of people got off of their couches and came out and voted and worked because they finally had a reason to get involved,” said Suffolk County Republican leader John Jay LaValle as he addressed the crowd at the Emporium. He spoke before the polls in Suffolk had closed saying he was leaving early to get to New York City and to the Trump headquarters to celebrate what he predicted would be a Trump victory. “The message to Albany and Washington is that we need to change the direction of this country,” he said.

At Democratic headquarters, the mood was one of disbelief and sadness. A mute tone moved over the crowd as the final tallies from each state came in and the map of America go redder.

If there was any jubilation,n it was in the close race between incumbent Senator Michael Venditto, a Republican, and his Democratic opponent John Brooks. The latest figures show Brooks up by 33 votes. 

“There is no question that the indictment of his father (Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto) had an impact,” said one Democrat. “I guess you do pay for the sins of your father.”


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