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Vol. 6 No. 12
AN OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE INCORPORATED VILLAQE Of FARMINGOALE
SERVING GREATER FARMINGDALE. BETHPAGE & MELVILLE
Se- ond Class Postage has been paid at Farminqdale, N„ Y.. 11735 Thursday, November 7, 1968
Nixon Sweeps Republicans
into Office in Farmingdale
Nixon and Marino Victors
The newly elected President of the United States, Richard M.
Nixon was captured by Observer photographer Jackson Pokress
several weeks ago when his campaign organization arranged a giant
rally upon his arrival at Mac Arthur Airport. He is pictured wishing
Republican candidate Ralph Marino well on his contest for New York
State Senator in the 3rd Senatorial District which encompasses
Farmingdale. Marino brought in a tally of 3,055 GOP votes to his
Democratic opponent, Richard B. Schwartz tally of 1,370 and his
Conservative opponent Gerald A. Peragine tallied 668 his Liberal
opponent, Milton Kaufman 112. Nixon's tally in Farmingdale was:
3,397 to Hubert Humphrey's 1,797.
Jose Escalante, Rotary Exchange Student who is a member of
the senior class at the Farmingdale Senior High School talks with
Vice President Hubert Humphrey at Mac Arthur Airport on Saturday.
Pictured with him is Mrs. Caroline Bunting Klesh, Observer co-publisher
and co- editor.
Richard M. Nixon ( R) was elected as President of the United States, when
the former 55 year old vice president went over the top in electoral vote when
Illinois joined the Republican column. The vote on a national scale was extremely
close with Vice President Hubert Humphrey ( D) polled 1,879,451
votes to Nixon's 1,996,579 ( incomplete tally) at4a. m. and at 10 p. m. on Thursday
night going over the top in the popular vote. Nixon will be the first minority
vote president, but this was not known at4 a. m. in the morning. All evening it
was a see- saw race. No one knew the victor. But Humphrey carried the State
of New York, an amazing feat when some few short weeks ago he was trailing
George C. Wallace, of the Independent Party line and Nixon was almost a
sure winner. But it began in Chicago and it ended in Chicago, ( at the Democratic
convention with the law and order issue) it was Illinois < hat was the
In Farmingdale, the election returns were different than the nation's.
At once, it became apparent that it was a Republican sweep. Farmingdale
brought in 3,397 votes for Nixon- Agnew; 1,797 votes for Humphrey- Muskie
and 273 votes were cast in Farmingdale ( without one district which is on
Boundary Avenue). The strongest Wallace vote recorded in the 66th ED in the
West Farmingdale area, where it is rumored that fear of integrated housing
has caused this phenomenon. Farmingdale is one of the few communities
that has a Wallace headquarters. Ads were placed in other Farmingdale
weekly newspaper signed by the Committee of 100. Farmingdale is also
known on local island as a deeply entrenched John Birch Society area. The
Farmingdale Conservative club missed by one narrow vote in endorsing Wallace
instead of Nixon- Agnew for President.
In this large Republican plurality in Farmingdale, local Congressional
candidates, assembly candidates, senatorial candidates and Town Councilman
candidate were ushered in by the sweep.
Over in the 9th AD headquarters at 1019 Massapequa Park, the O'Donnell-
McCloskey race was being watched for a Farmingdale- North Massapequa
trend. The results showed that in North Massapequa with election districts,
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 75 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 58 reporting, O'Donnell tallied a
total of 3,490 votes ( combination Democrat and Liberal lines); his Republican
opponent Francis M. McCloskey tallied 3,997 votes and Joseph B.
Lamberta ( Conservative) 790. The Farmingdale- Amityville election districts
including the Election Districts of 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37
and 38 brought in a 2,970 tally for O'Donnell and tally of 3,945 ballots cast
for McCloskey and 1,277 tallied for Lamberta.
The Healey- Coletti contest was of major interest in Farmingdale the one
year post for Town of Oyster Bay Councilman. Healey drew 3,386 votes to
Coletti's 1,643. Liberal candidate Peter Kelly polled 112.
Farmingdale voters were particularly interested in the contest for District
Court Judge between Edmund J. Poulos ( R/ L) and George V. O'Haire who was
on the Democrat line as well as the Conservative line. Poulos polled a total of
2,759 votes, while O'Haire polled, 2,268 votes. As an interesting insight into
the power of the Conservative Party in Farmingdale the total Conservative
vote was 638 while O'Haire rallied 1,559 on the Democrat line. Poulos Liberal
vote in Farmingdale was: 149 while his Republican vote was: 2,700.
Another indicative test of Farming- dale's conservative strength was in the
contest for United States Senate. Republican Jacob J. Javits polled 2,637
on the Republican line.
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