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Longtime Upper West Side Polling Sites Relocated

By Emily Frost | April 18, 2016 4:54pm
 A polling site in Manhattan.
A polling site in Manhattan.
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UPPER WEST SIDE — Political groups and elected officials are urging voters to double-check their polling sites online ahead of Tuesday's Primary Election, as some longtime locations have changed.

The Upper West Side added one new site this year, while others have been removed from the roster of voting locations altogether, according to the Board of Elections.

READ MORE: How to Find Your Polling Place for the April 19 Primary

P.S. 84 on West 92nd Street, P.S. 9 on West 84th Street and the Joan of Arc school complex on West 93rd Street will no longer be used as polling sites, records show.

And, for the first time, the Central Baptist Church of NYC at West 92nd and Amsterdam Avenue will be used as a polling site.

Because of the reshuffling, some school sites will be especially crowded, said Joan Paylo, a Democratic District Leader with Community Free Democrats.

Sixteen election districts will be sent to the elementary school P.S. 163 on West 97th Street, 10 will be sent to P.S. 166 on West 89th Street, and 12 will be sent to Frank McCourt High School on West 84th Street, she said.

"[It] always pains me to see a mom with three kids in tow or a senior with a walker and a health attendant show up at the wrong site or at the last minute, only to find they've come to the wrong poll site," Paylo added.

Voters should check the NYC poll site locator online to see where their new site is located or by calling 1-866-VOTE-NYC, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said in an alert about the changes.

The polls are open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Local elected officials, including Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal, have been lobbying for schools not to be used as voting locations. Parents and elected officials believe it's disruptive and unsafe to have voters coming in and out of school buildings all day.

In 2014, P.S. 84's principal got into an argument that quickly escalated over having to share the cafeteria with voting booths.

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