Editorial Letters To The Editor
It's all over but the analyzing of the election
results and that i s something that many of us love
to do. You can spend hours of going over figures
comparing them, trying to figure percentages and
what have you.
In Farmingdale, the surprising news was the
closeness of the Republican and Democratic vote
and the strength shown by the Conservatives. We
were not much different In the voting pattern than
the rest of Nassau County in some respects and
in others unique.
With the trend toward the Republican side, some
of the vote seemed a protest against Vietnam and ttie
Johnson administration- Democrats who won under
these circumstances had to be mighty good. In
Suffolk County, the Republican loss has to do with
the particular situation of the recent publicity on
the alleged Islip scandals.
Personally, we are gratified Hot of our 14 endorsements,
12 were elected. We only missed on
two. We are sincerely sorry that District Court
Judge Willis B. Carman was defeated. The Con- ~
servative avalanche proved too big a hurdle. His
Democrat opponent Henry Kalinowski received the
In Farmingdale the vote was phenomenal. Out of
12,535 potential voters in the 9 election districts
in the 9th AD and in the eight election districts of
the " 8thf A. D. t over 80 percent of the voters cast
their votes. The large turnout probably was caused
by the interest in the Constitutional issue.
The Conservative vote was high, a factor to be
dealt with in the future, TIP, the new Town of
Oyster Bay Independent Party, didn't quite get off
the ground and the liberal vote proved to be insignificant.
The Conservative vote was 17% in
Farmingdale, if our figures are right.
Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller came out ahead
with his $ 2.5 billion dollar transportation bond
issue having been passed on a statewide b a s i s , even
though Farmingdale was vigorously against it. We
thiniTliowever, that it will mean progress and that
it will not be an impossible expense. The Governor
will probably be pushed more than ever for the
GOP Presidential nomination as a result even though
he says that he isn't interested. The bond issue
will stimulate the State's economy and keep its
transportation system modern and flexible. We
were for it.
The vote on the Constitution certainly showed that
Catholics do not vote in a block as the vote was
defeated in Farmingdale 7,492 to 1,976. Farming-dale
has a higher percentage of Catholics than t h i s.
We hope some of its good points go into legislation.
Our best wishes to Town Councilman Ralph
Marino, who was defeated by Supervisor Michael
N. Petito, we look for him to continue his good work
We do not believe that the strong Conservative
vote meant that everyone who voted on that line
was conservative with a small c. We rather think
it was also a protest vote. People who were anti-
Vietnam. anti- taxes. anti anything pulled this lever.
They are a factor to consider, but we don't believe
that Republicans should give a way their progressive
ideas just to garner this vote. We also believe
that it took away from the Democratic line. Keen
students of politics estimated that perhaps 60 %
it took from the GOP and 40 % from the Democrats.
Dear Caroline and Frank:
I would like to express my
personal appreciation and that
of the Nassau Democratic County
Committee for your generous endorsement
of County Executive
Nkkerson and his efforts in be-hatf
of the people of Nassau County
during the past six years.
We, of course, are very proud
of his outstanding record and it is
gratifying to find that so many of
the weekly newspapers, which play
so vital a role in keeping the
public well informed, recognize
JOHN F. ENGLISH
Chairman Nassau Democratic
An increasing number of the
men who come to our offices
looking for jobs these days are
Veterans. Recently, we have been
serving more than 8,000 a month.
Most of these veterans have
come out of the Armed Services
with a greater maturity and
seriousness of purpose than men
with other backgrounds.
Many have acquired skills while
in service which enable them to
learn related civilian jobs quickly,
with less than the usual period
of job training. Others have had
years of additional experience in
a wide variety of fields and occupations.
Beyond this, these men ( and
women, too) have, by their military
service, earned the right to
special consideration in their
search for jobs or job opportunities.
The week of November 11
through 17 has therefore been
designated " Employ A Veteran
Alfred L. Green
October 31, 1967
The Nassau County Council,
Boy Scouts of America would
like to express its gratitude for
the coverage which you so generously
afforded us on School
Night for Scouting in your newspaper.
Efforts like yours help boys of
today become better men for
Again thank you for your help
in this endeavor.
Townsend F. Southard
Asst. Disto Executive
Volunteer drivers are needed
desperately to transport young
adults to and from ( he Cerebral
Palsy Center in Roosevelt. These
are handicapped people whose
only means of livelihood is
through the Center's self-contained
All drivers will be covered by
insurance issued and paid for by
Persons who can spare one
hour weekly, either in the morning
or afternoon, please contact
M- s. W. Cox at Li. 1- 0036.
Dotebook Town of Babylon Went Democratic
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11
9; 00 a. m. to 5J00 p. m. Farming-dale
Committee for Exceptional
Children - Cake Sale at
Farmingdale Meat Market.
10: 30 a. na. C hristian Science
Lecture - Pequa Theatre,
10: 45 a. m. VFW ceremony by
War Memorial Main Street
school Veterans Day, Farmingdale.
11: 15 a. m. VFW Veterans Day
ceremony VFW Hall, 635 Main
9: 00 p. m. Farmingdale K of C
barn dance at Council Home.
MONDAY. NOVEMBER 13
Farmingdale Board of Education
Curriculum Meeting - tirade 1
8: 30 P M. Weldon F. Howitt
Jr. H. S.
Auditorium. Public invited to
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
8: 30 p. m. Farmingdale Youth
Council meeting at Farming-dale
Village Hall. Nomination
of officers budget requests and
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
8: 30 p. m. Farmingdale Board of
Trustees meeting, South
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16
12 noon Lunch and Learn meeting
at Temple Judea. Sponsored
by Sisterhoods of area
East Farmingdale residents
will be interested in the Suffolk
County election results. 42% of
die vote went Republican in the
Town of Babylon with West Babylon
tallying 2.025 for incumbent
Democrat Lee Dennison and 2,-
097 votes for Republican Gilbert
Hanse. The Conservative
vote for Conroy was 821. In
1963, West Babylon brought in
517 on the Republican column.
Suffolk Conservatives proved
their strength. The final Suffolk
vote for Democratic County Executive
Dennison was won by
27,000 votes. Conservative
James Conroy chalked up more
than 47,000 votes.
In Babylon Town, Republicans
lost the town board for the first
time since the town was incorporated.
They elected instead
• five Democratic Conservative
Resounding No Against All Propositions
In Farmingdale, voters defeated
the transportation bond
issue by 5,041 ' no' to 4,386 ' yes'
votes. The $ 2.5 billion transportation
bond issue passed in Nassau
County by a vote of 254,511
to 238,450 and passed State wide.
East Farmingdale and Melville
residents in the Suffolk County
also resoundingly cast their opposition
for Proposition No. 1
with 110,755 for and 2,900,050
against. This vote will increase
Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller's
stature according to most
The State Constitution which
was defeated on a Statewide basis
by a large majority was also
defeated in Farmingdale showed
the final voter reaction. The
Constitution received a 3- 1 drubbing
State wide and in Farming-dale
7492 to 1967.
All other propositions on the
ballot were defeated.
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on to his new position on the
Canity level, speculation has been
will appoint. According to a reliable
spokesman two Mass ape-qua
ns are being mentioned, James
Pickenand Philip Healy.
According to one Republican
analyst, the Conservative vote
drew abojt 60% from the regular
Republican column and about 40%
from the Democrats. Conservative
voting did not mean necessarily
Many who were anti- taxes, anti-
Johnsoii. anti war in Vietnam,
anti- nsgro votedontheConservative
AiVJther analyst pointed out
that this year was not a Derao-cra'ic
year as seen by national
vote as a protest to the war in
Vietnan so that any Democrat
who woo was quite outstanding.
Every particular year or vote is
a ' unique happening' wit a different
set of circumstances.
According to reelected Councilman
Ralph Diamond ( R1LX the
victory showed < t good Republican
year and that the Republicans still
have a wonderful organization.
Marino realty lost by a hairline
as did Wachtler who nine months
ago was 29%, behind Nickerson.
The gap was closed. The Conservative
strength was unbelievable.
The election was much
closer than Petito ever thought,
since he was predicting that he
would also bring in two council-men.
The Conservative vote killed
Carman, I have mixed emotions.
I am sorry for the Republicans
who lost and happy for us who won.
It is like how you would Feel if
your mother in law went over the
cliff with your new Cadillac."
Senator Ed Speno, Nassau
County Republican Leader said
•' We'll run as Republicans in the
future and won't compromise with
the Conservatives. We will not
capitulate our principals. We're
within a recount of victory. The
Republicans are still very vibrant
and we won't compromise to any
splinter party." Speno at 1 a. m.
in the morning said that we are
less than one voteper election district
away against a six year
incumbent who has built a huge
machine with employees. It is always
difficult to run against an
The state constitution may have
been a factor in the Nickerson
vote. I don't think it had a di rect
bearing on Wachtler.
Fight months ago there was
44% for Nickerson. The closeness
of the election in itself
is some Mr ng of a victory said
Democratic Chairman of Nassau
County, Jack English said that
the Republican demand for a recount
shows an abysmal ignorance
of the law. The official canvass
coald take three weeks. The machines
don't lie, but a mistake
on an adding machine could. In
1964 there was an error foi State
Senator with Kimball and Henry
Curiax Curran turned out to be
Apparent victorious Eugene
Nickerson said, " We were obviously
swimming against a torrent,
not just a stream, lie said
that he could not have won if it
hadn't been for Pete Rocchio and
Franklin Orastcin etc. Nickerson
said ihat he hadn't thought that it
would be that close. He said that
something must be done about the
fiscal situation in the suburbs
with Federal and state governing
. if. We must get people interested
n this seemingly dull
subject. He spoke of the major
sewer project, the civic center
and the expansion of Mcadowbrook
Hospital as future plans. He then
went on to say, " I would like to
make Nassau County a model for
the nation in its war against poverty.
Since we don't have so much,
let's wipe it all out. He said that
he dida't expect any more trouble
with the board of supervisors
since he won by such a small
margin as long as public opinion
mobilized to push through ideas.
He said that the State Constitution
more than anything else was
a factor in the face as well as the
whole national picture. He said
that he thought some of the ideas
like Obundsmai were voted down
because people started pushing
the ' no' lever and never stopped.
Someone else called the Conservatives,
the ^ political Hippies."
They took away from the
Republicans and the Democrats -
all those who liked „ o protest.
Richard O'Leary, of 23 N.
Crescent Drive, Farmingdale,
has been named a member of the
Augustana Choir for the 1967- 68
season. He was selected from
among 180 Augustana College
students who auditioned for
places in the 80- member choir.
The college is located in Rock
Early next spring the choir,
directed by Donald Morrison, will
make a two- week tour through
Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana,
Ohio and M: chigan.
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