NEW CASTLE, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo cast his ballot early Tuesday morning at the Mt. Kisco Presbyterian Church only hours after signing an executive order allowing Westchester residents in disaster areas to vote at any polling location.
"I think it's a good impression on our democracy that people are without power and dealing with other issues, but they still get out to vote and make it their business to vote. And that's the way it should be." Cuomo said. "These are big issues that this state and this nation are facing."
Cuomo, whose hometown of New Castle still has more than 3,400 power outages, also took a few minutes to blast utility companies regarding the lengthy restoration period following Hurricane Sandy. He called the amount of power outages remaining in Westchester "unacceptable."
"It's not a god-given right to be a utility company," Cuomo said. "We have a responsibility to make sure that they're performing, and we will."
Cuomo's executive order, issued Monday night, allows any voter registered in a federally declared disaster county after Hurricane Sandy can vote on an affidavit ballot at any polling site in New York regardless of where they are registered.